[ kuh-les-uhnt ]
/ kəˈlɛs ənt /
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growing warm; increasing in heat.
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Origin of calescent
First recorded in 1795–1805; from Latin calēscent- (stem of calēscēns “becoming warm,” present participle of calēscere ), equivalent to cal- (stem of calēre “to be warm”) + -ēscent- adjective suffix indicating the beginning of a process or action; see -escent
OTHER WORDS FROM calescentca·les·cence, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for calescent
This calescent mode of proceeding was adopted with the idea of exciting a counter-irritation in the diseased part.