evanescent

[ ev-uh-nes-uh nt ]
/ ˌɛv əˈnɛs ənt /

adjective

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

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 Formsevanescence, nounevanescently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for evanescent

evanescent


adj.

1717, from French évanescent, from Latin evanescentem (nominative evanescens), present participle of evanescere "disappear, vanish," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vanescere "vanish" (see vanish).

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Medicine definitions for evanescent

evanescent

[ ĕv′ə-nĕsənt ]

adj.

Of short duration; passing away quickly.
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