- to break out afresh, as a sore, a disease, or anything else that has been quiescent.
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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
- (intr) (of a disease, trouble, etc) to break out or appear again after a period of dormancy; recur
C19: from Latin recrūdēscere to become raw again, from re- + crūdēscere to grow worse, from crūdus bloody, raw; see crude
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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