[ri-kur-uh ns, -kuhr-]
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Origin of recurrence

First recorded in 1640–50; recur + -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Word Origin and History for recurrence

1640s, from recurrent + -ence. Related: Recurrency (1610s).

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recurrence in Medicine


  1. A return of symptoms as part of the natural progress of a disease, as in relapsing fever.
  2. relapse
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