[ ri-kroot-muh nt ]
/ rɪˈkrut mənt /


the act or process of recruiting.
Physiology. an increase in the response to a stimulus owing to the activation of additional receptors, resulting from the continuous application of the stimulus with the same intensity.

Nearby words

  1. recrudesce,
  2. recrudescence,
  3. recrudescent typhus,
  4. recruit,
  5. recruiter,
  6. recrystallization,
  7. recrystallize,
  8. rect,
  9. rect-,
  10. rect.

Origin of recruitment

First recorded in 1815–25; recruit + -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for recruitment



1795, from recruit (v.) + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for recruitment


[ rĭ-krōōtmənt ]


An abnormal disproportionate sensation of loudness felt in response to sounds of increasing intensity.
The activation of additional motor neurons in response to sustained stimulation of a given receptor or afferent nerve.

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