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[ri-kur-uh ns, -kuhr-] /rɪˈkɜr əns, -ˈkʌr-/
an act or instance of recurring.
return to a previous condition, habit, subject, etc.
Origin of recurrence
First recorded in 1640-50; recur + -ence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • On its recurrence another subject is selected and the process repeated.

    The Lyric John Drinkwater
  • That was 15 years ago, and there has been no recurrence of the trouble.

  • That it is a recurrence to a long-disused habit I can scarcely doubt.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • It is in this recurrence that we found some of our opposition to the conventional explanation.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • He attributed it to a recurrence of her thoughts to her horrible past.

  • To prevent a recurrence of the accident, I keep his hoof protected by leathers.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • I had my peep and then it passed, nor have I had a recurrence of a similar experience.

    Real Ghost Stories William T. Stead
Word Origin and History for recurrence

1640s, from recurrent + -ence. Related: Recurrency (1610s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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recurrence in Medicine

recurrence re·cur·rence (rĭ-kûr'əns, -kŭr'-)

  1. A return of symptoms as part of the natural progress of a disease, as in relapsing fever.

  2. See relapse.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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