[ef-luh-res-uh ns]
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  1. the state or a period of flowering.
  2. an example or result of growth and development: These works are the efflorescence of his genius.
  3. Chemistry.
    1. the act or process of efflorescing.
    2. the resulting powdery substance or incrustation.
  4. Pathology. a rash or eruption of the skin.

Origin of efflorescence

1620–30; < French < Medieval Latin efflōrēscentia. See effloresce, -ence
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Related Words for efflorescence

rash, flowering, folding, developing, anthesis, redness

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British Dictionary definitions for efflorescence


  1. a bursting forth or flowering
  2. chem geology
    1. the process of efflorescing
    2. the powdery substance formed as a result of this process, esp on the surface of rocks
  3. any skin rash or eruption
Derived Formsefflorescent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for efflorescence

1620s, from French efflorescence, from Latin efflorescentem (nominative efflorescens), present participle of efflorescere (see effloresce).

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efflorescence in Science


  1. A whitish, powdery deposit on the surface of rocks or soil in dry regions. It is formed as mineral-rich water rises to the surface through capillary action and then evaporates. Efflorescence usually consists of gypsum, salt, or calcite.
  2. See anthesis.
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