[ nas-uh nt, ney-suh nt ]
/ ˈnæs ənt, ˈneɪ sənt /


beginning to exist or develop: That nascent republic is holding its first election this month.
Chemistry. (of an element) in the nascent state.

Origin of nascent

1615–25; < Latin nāscent- (stem of nāscēns), present participle of nāscī to be born, arise, equivalent to nā(tus) born (variant of gnātus) + -sc- inchoative suffix + -ent- -ent


nas·cence, nas·cen·cy, nounun·nas·cent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for nascence

/ (ˈnæsənt, ˈneɪ-) /


starting to grow or develop; being born
chem (of an element or simple compound, esp hydrogen) created within the reaction medium in the atomic form and having a high activity

Derived forms of nascent

nascence or nascency, noun

Word Origin for nascent

C17: from Latin nascēns present participle of nāscī to be born
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Medical definitions for nascence

[ năsənt, nāsənt ]


Coming into existence; emerging.
Of or relating to the state of a chemical element at the moment it is set free from one of its compounds.

Other words from nascent

nascen•cy n.
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