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[joo-vuh-nes-uh nt]
  1. being or becoming youthful; young.
  2. young in appearance.
  3. having the power to make young or youthful: a juvenescent elixir.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Each day at early dawn she shone forth, bright Morning Star, gay with juvenescent hope.

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    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for juvenescent


  1. becoming or being young or youthful
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Word Origin

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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