[ree-kroo-des-uh ns]


breaking out afresh or into renewed activity; revival or reappearance in active existence.

Sometimes re·cru·des·cen·cy.

Origin of recrudescence

1715–25; < Latin recrūdēsc(ere) to recrudesce + -ence
Related formsre·cru·des·cent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for recrudescent

Historical Examples of recrudescent

  • After-images, or recrudescent memories (often memories of things not consciously noted).

  • He hurried to his wife with the picture, and she called it “Mamise” with a recrudescent anguish of doubt.

    The Cup of Fury

    Rupert Hughes

  • No words were needed for the man to know how utterly lost was his recrudescent hope.

    The Brand

    Therese Broderick

  • He swore sharply and slapped again at a recrudescent flame upon his leg.

  • After-images or recrudescent memories coming up from the subconscious strata to which they had fallen.

Word Origin and History for recrudescent



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

recrudescent in Medicine




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