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[ev-uh-nes-uh nt] /ˌɛv əˈnɛs ənt/
vanishing; fading away; fleeting.
tending to become imperceptible; scarcely perceptible.
Origin of evanescent
1745-55; < Latin ēvānēscent- (stem of ēvānēscēns) vanishing, disappearing. See evanesce, -ent
Related forms
evanescently, adverb
nonevanescent, adjective
nonevanescently, adverb
unevanescent, adjective
unevanescently, adverb Unabridged
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  • It had been so fragile, that even the sound of its breaking was thin and evanescent like a note blown, not struck.

  • The reason is because the existing status is temporary and the conditions in it are evanescent.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The evanescent dimple had disappeared entirely and also the indolent expression in her golden brown eyes.

  • The feeling was evanescent; and once more he began to reflect—not to hope—no!

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • And in our evanescent houses and uneasy life we would no more have ancient ranges of family pictures than Arabs in their tents.

    Literary and Social Essays George William Curtis
British Dictionary definitions for evanescent


passing out of sight; fading away; vanishing
ephemeral or transitory
Derived Forms
evanescence, noun
evanescently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for evanescent

1717, from French évanescent, from Latin evanescentem (nominative evanescens), present participle of evanescere "disappear, vanish," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vanescere "vanish" (see vanish).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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evanescent in Medicine

evanescent ev·a·nes·cent (ěv'ə-něs'ənt)
Of short duration; passing away quickly.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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