flaccid

[ flak-sid, flas-id ]
/ ˈflæk sɪd, ˈflæs ɪd /

adjective

soft and limp; not firm; flabby: flaccid biceps.
lacking force; weak: flaccid prose.

Nearby words

  1. flabbergasted,
  2. flabby,
  3. flabellate,
  4. flabelli-,
  5. flabellum,
  6. flaccidly,
  7. flack,
  8. flackery,
  9. flacon,
  10. flacons

Origin of flaccid

1610–20; < Latin flaccidus flabby, equivalent to flacc(ēre) to grow weak, languish + -idus -id4

Related formsflac·cid·i·ty, flac·cid·ness, nounflac·cid·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for flaccid

flaccid

/ (ˈflæksɪd, ˈflæs-) /

adjective

lacking firmness; soft and limp; flabby
Derived Formsflaccidity or flaccidness, nounflaccidly, adverb

Word Origin for flaccid

C17: from Latin flaccidus, from flaccus

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Word Origin and History for flaccid

flaccid

adj.

1610s, from French flaccide or directly from Latin flaccidus "flabby," from flaccus "flabby, flap-eared," of uncertain origin (OED suggests it's imitative). Related: Flaccidly; flaccidity.

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Medicine definitions for flaccid

flaccid

[ flăssĭd, flăkĭd ]

adj.

Lacking firmness, resilience, or muscle tone.
Related formsflac•cidi•ty (-sĭdĭ-tē) n.


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