[ ree-kuh-les-uh ns ]
/ ˌri kəˈlɛs əns /

noun Metallurgy.

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

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

Related forms

re·ca·les·cent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for recalescent


/ (ˌriːkəˈlɛsəns) /


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

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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