evanescent

[ ev-uh-nes-uhnt ]
/ ˌɛv əˈnɛs ənt /

adjective

vanishing; fading away; fleeting.
tending to become imperceptible; scarcely perceptible.

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Origin of evanescent

1745–55; <Latin ēvānēscent- (stem of ēvānēscēns) vanishing, disappearing. See evanesce, -ent

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British Dictionary definitions for evanescent

evanescent
/ (ˌɛvəˈnɛsənt) /

adjective

passing out of sight; fading away; vanishing
ephemeral or transitory

Derived forms of evanescent

evanescence, nounevanescently, adverb
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Medical definitions for evanescent

evanescent
[ ĕv′ə-nĕsənt ]

adj.

Of short duration; passing away quickly.
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