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[ree-kroo-des-uh ns] /ˌri kruˈdɛs əns/
breaking out afresh or into renewed activity; revival or reappearance in active existence.
Sometimes, recrudescency.
Origin of recrudescence
1715-25; < Latin recrūdēsc(ere) to recrudesce + -ence
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recrudescent, adjective Unabridged
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  • After-images, or recrudescent memories (often memories of things not consciously noted).

  • He hurried to his wife with the picture, and she called it “Mamise” with a recrudescent anguish of doubt.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • No words were needed for the man to know how utterly lost was his recrudescent hope.

    The Brand

    Therese Broderick
  • He swore sharply and slapped again at a recrudescent flame upon his leg.

  • After-images or recrudescent memories coming up from the subconscious strata to which they had fallen.

  • Yet the bottom stone in the wall of recrudescent admiration was the certainty that he had found a sympathetic ear.

    The Quickening Francis Lynde
Word Origin and History for recrudescent



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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recrudescent in Medicine

recrudescence re·cru·des·cence (rē'krōō-děs'əns)
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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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