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[ree-kuh-les-uh ns] /ˌri kəˈlɛs əns/
noun, Metallurgy.
a brightening exhibited by cooling iron as latent heat of transformation is liberated.
Origin of recalescence
1870-75; recal(esce) to become hot again (< Latin recalēscere, equivalent to re- re- + cal(ēre) to be hot (cf. calorie) + -ēsc- inchoative suffix + -ere infinitive ending) + -escence
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recalescent, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for recalescence


a sudden spontaneous increase in the temperature of cooling iron resulting from an exothermic change in crystal structure occurring at a particular temperature
Derived Forms
recalescent, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin recalēscere to grow warm again, from re- + calēscere, from calēre to be hot
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