[ ree-kroo-des ]
/ ˌri kruˈdɛs /

verb (used without object), re·cru·desced, re·cru·desc·ing.

to break out afresh, as a sore, a disease, or anything else that has been quiescent.

Origin of recrudesce

1880–85; < Latin recrūdēscere to become raw again, equivalent to re- re- + crūdēscere to grow harsh, worse (crūd(us) bloody (see crude) + -ēscere inchoative suffix) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for recrudesce

  • It was noticeable that in these rambling soliloquies his English seemed to recrudesce into better construction and phraseology.

    The Scarlet Plague|Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for recrudesce

/ (ˌriːkruːˈdɛs) /


(intr) (of a disease, trouble, etc) to break out or appear again after a period of dormancy; recur

Derived forms of recrudesce

recrudescence, nounrecrudescent, adjective

Word Origin for recrudesce

C19: from Latin recrūdēscere to become raw again, from re- + crūdēscere to grow worse, from crūdus bloody, raw; see crude
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