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recrudescence

[ree-kroo-des-uh ns] /ˌri kruˈdɛs əns/
noun
1.
breaking out afresh or into renewed activity; revival or reappearance in active existence.
Sometimes, recrudescency.
Origin of recrudescence
1715-1725
1715-25; < Latin recrūdēsc(ere) to recrudesce + -ence
Related forms
recrudescent, adjective
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Examples from the Web for recrudescence
Historical Examples
  • At this time I was attacked with a recrudescence of eccentricity in thought and behaviour.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • Here we have a recrudescence of the idea that great penalties are deterrent.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • But scarcely had I dropped into slumber when I was aroused by the recrudescence of my hives.

  • Darrow, face to face with these alternatives, felt a recrudescence of boyish misery.

    The Reef Edith Wharton
  • The immediate occasion for the recrudescence of Localism was the Tariff.

  • On the 14th November there was a recrudescence of severe fighting.

    Ypres 1914 Otto Schwink
  • It appeared to him, the profound Greek scholar, as a recrudescence of Dionysian joy.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • This recrudescence of the tone of the old life—the oldest life of all—was horrible.

  • Still, the moral effect of the recrudescence of the war was lamentable.

  • There was a recrudescence of the spirit of rebellion in Ireland.

Word Origin and History for recrudescence
n.

1707, "a becoming raw again, a breaking out afresh," from stem of Latin recrudescere "re-open" (of wounds), literally "become raw again," from re- "again" (see re-) + crudescere, from crudus "raw" (see crude (adj.)) + inchoative suffix -escere. Meaning "revival" is from 1906. Related: Recrudescency (1650s); recrudescent (1726).

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recrudescence in Medicine

recrudescence re·cru·des·cence (rē'krōō-děs'əns)
n.
A recurrence of a pathological process or its symptoms after a period of improvement or quiesence.


re'cru·desce' v.
re'cru·des'cent adj.
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