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recalescence

[ ree-kuh-les-uhns ]
/ ˌri kəˈlɛs əns /
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noun Metallurgy.

a brightening exhibited by cooling iron as latent heat of transformation is liberated.

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Origin of recalescence

1870–75; recal(esce) to become hot again (<Latin recalēscere, equivalent to re-re- + cal(ēre) to be hot (cf. calorie) + -ēsc- inchoative suffix + -ere infinitive ending) + -escence

OTHER WORDS FROM recalescence

re·ca·les·cent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for recalescence

recalescence
/ (ˌriːkəˈlɛsəns) /

noun

a sudden spontaneous increase in the temperature of cooling iron resulting from an exothermic change in crystal structure occurring at a particular temperature

Derived forms of recalescence

recalescent, adjective

Word Origin for recalescence

C19: from Latin recalēscere to grow warm again, from re- + calēscere, from calēre to be hot
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