resorption

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n resorption the organic process in which the substance of some differentiated structure that has been produced by the body undergoes lysis and assimilation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Resorption The act of resorbing; also, the act of absorbing again; reabsorption.
    • Resorption (Petrography) The redissolving wholly or in part, in the molten magma of an igneous rock, of crystals previously formed. The dissolved material may again solidify, giving rise to a mass of small crystals, usually of a different kind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n resorption Retrogressive absorption; specifically, a physiological process by which a part or organ, having advanced to a certain state of development, disappears as such by the absorption of its substance into that of a part or organ which replaces it.
    • n resorption Absorption of some product of the organism, as a tissue, exudate, or secretion.
    • n resorption In petrography, the melting of a phenocryst in a porphyritic rock and its recrystallization in situ as other minerals. This results in the formation of a resorption border in many cases about the more or less resorbed phenocryst, as when hornblende is surrounded by a black border composed of pyroxene and magnetite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Resorption rē-sorp′shun the disappearance of an organ by absorption
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Usage

In literature:

In later stages the tail becomes relatively shorter through resorption.
"Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca" by William E. Duellman
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