[ dee-kuh-les-uh ns ]
/ ˌdi kəˈlɛs əns /

noun Metallurgy.

absorption of heat without a corresponding increase in temperature when a metal has been heated to a critical point.

Origin of decalescence

1890–95; < Latin dēcalēsc(ent-) (stem of dēcalēscēns) becoming warm (see de-, calescent) + -ence

OTHER WORDS FROM decalescence

de·ca·les·cent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for decalescence

/ (ˌdiːkəˈlɛsəns) /


the absorption of heat when a metal is heated through a particular temperature range, caused by a change in internal crystal structure

Derived forms of decalescence

decalescent, adjective

Word Origin for decalescence

C19: from Late Latin dēcalescere to become warm, from Latin de- + calescere, from calēre to be warm
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