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verb (used without object), re·cru·desced, re·cru·desc·ing.
  1. to break out afresh, as a sore, a disease, or anything else that has been quiescent.
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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)


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  • 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


  1. (intr) (of a disease, trouble, etc) to break out or appear again after a period of dormancy; recur
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Derived Formsrecrudescence, nounrecrudescent, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Latin recrūdēscere to become raw again, from re- + crūdēscere to grow worse, from crūdus bloody, raw; see crude
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Word Origin and History for recrudesce


1875, "break out afresh," back-formation from recrudescence or else from Latin recrudescere "become raw again, break open afresh." Related: Recrudesced; recrudescing.

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