[uh-kres-uh nt]


increasing; enlarging, expanding, or enriching.
growing, as floral parts that increase in size after flowering has occurred.

Nearby words

  1. accredit,
  2. accreditation,
  3. accredited,
  4. accrementition,
  5. accrescence,
  6. accrete,
  7. accretio cordis,
  8. accretion,
  9. accretion disk,
  10. accretionary growth

Origin of accrescent

First recorded in 1745–55, accrescent is from the Latin word accrēscent- (stem of accrēscēns, present participle of accrēscere to grow). See ac-, crescent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for accrescent



botany (of a calyx or other part) continuing to grow after flowering

Word Origin for accrescent

C18: from Latin accrēscere to continue to grow, from crēscere to grow

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