[ joo-vuh-nes-uh nt ]
/ ˌdʒu vəˈnɛs ənt /


being or becoming youthful; young.
young in appearance.
having the power to make young or youthful: a juvenescent elixir.

Origin of juvenescent

1815–25; < Latin juvenēscent- (stem of juvenēscēns, present participle of juvenēscere to become youthful), equivalent to juven- young (see juvenile) + -ēscent- -escent
Related formsju·ve·nes·cence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for juvenescent


/ (ˌdʒuːvɪˈnɛsənt) /


becoming or being young or youthful

Word Origin for juvenescent

C19: from Latin juvenēscere to grow up, regain strength, from juvenis youthful
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Word Origin and History for juvenescent



1821, from Latin iuvenescentem (nominative iuvenescens), present participle of iuvenescere "to grow into youth," from iuvenis "young" (see young).

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