a suffix of adjectives borrowed from Latin, where it expresses the beginning of an action or process; often corresponding to verbs ending in -esce and nouns ending in -escence: convalescent; recrudescent.
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British Dictionary definitions for -escent
beginning to be, do, show, etc: convalescent; luminescent
- -escence, suffix forming nouns
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