Definition of resorption in US English:



  • 1The process or action by which something is reabsorbed.

    ‘the resorption of water’
    • ‘They propose that in the gas retention regime, resorption of water greatly speeds up welding by reducing the viscosity of the glass.’
    • ‘Even so the process of gas resorption and the existence of a gas retention regime will still be important.’
    • ‘These retrograde fluids may also have triggered new zircon growth, or the partial resorption of narrow zircon rims as suggested by the embayed rim morphologies.’
    • ‘He draws two conclusions, namely that the small mass of water can easily be absorbed, making the process of resorption an important one, and that there is little change in glass viscosity due to the very small amounts of water involved.’
    1. 1.1Physiology The absorption into the circulation of cells or tissue.
      ‘bone resorption’
      • ‘It is well established that osteoclasts, specialized multinucleated giant cells responsible for bone resorption, i.e. osteoclasts, were derived from activated macrophages and play a role in the direct lysis of bone.’
      • ‘Clinical studies have shown that accelerated bone resorption occurs at all doses.’
      • ‘Several drugs are now available which have powerful actions on bone metabolism: examples are the bisphosphonates and the calcitonins, both of which inhibit bone resorption and can be used in the treatment of osteoporosis.’
      • ‘Increased bone resorption, increased gastrointestinal absorption of calcium, and decreased renal excretion of calcium cause hypercalcemia.’
      • ‘Compression bandaging decreases arterial filtration and increases venous resorption, and assists in decreasing the size of dilated interstitial spaces.’


Early 19th century: from resorb, on the pattern of the pair absorb, absorption.