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[ree-kroo-des-uh ns]
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  1. breaking out afresh or into renewed activity; revival or reappearance in active existence.
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Sometimes re·cru·des·cen·cy.

Origin of recrudescence

1715–25; < Latin recrūdēsc(ere) to recrudesce + -ence
Related formsre·cru·des·cent, adjective
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Related Words for recrudescence

arrival, entry, rebound, restoration, recovery, resurgence, rejuvenation, renewal, renaissance, revitalization, resurrection, rebirth, regeneration, reactivation, resuscitation, rejoinder, occurrence, restitution, acknowledgment, recurrence

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Historical Examples of recrudescence

  • At this time I was attacked with a recrudescence of eccentricity in thought and behaviour.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • Here we have a recrudescence of the idea that great penalties are deterrent.


    William Graham Sumner

  • But scarcely had I dropped into slumber when I was aroused by the recrudescence of my hives.

  • Darrow, face to face with these alternatives, felt a recrudescence of boyish misery.

    The Reef

    Edith Wharton

  • The immediate occasion for the recrudescence of Localism was the Tariff.

Word Origin and History for recrudescence


1707, "a becoming raw again, a breaking out afresh," from stem of Latin recrudescere "re-open" (of wounds), literally "become raw again," from re- "again" (see re-) + crudescere, from crudus "raw" (see crude (adj.)) + inchoative suffix -escere. Meaning "revival" is from 1906. Related: Recrudescency (1650s); recrudescent (1726).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

recrudescence in Medicine


  1. A recurrence of a pathological process or its symptoms after a period of improvement or quiescence.
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Related formsre′cru•desce v.re′cru•descent adj.
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