- that recurs; occurring or appearing again, especially repeatedly or periodically.
- Anatomy. turned back so as to run in a reverse direction, as a nerve, artery, branch, etc.
Origin of recurrent
SynonymsSee more synonyms for recurrent on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for recurrent
Every protagonist in previous Johnson films have been orphans, or their parents were nonexistent, a recurrent theme in Star Wars.‘Star Wars’ Director Rian Johnson May Bring Balance to the Force
June 21, 2014
Halpern prescribes the medi-meth for patients who get recurrent urinary-tract infections—a side effect from Adderall or Ritalin.Why We Need Medical Meth + Cocaine
Valerie Vande Panne
February 22, 2014
Tymoshenko has suffered from recurrent medical problems and appeared in Kiev in a wheelchair.Ukraine's President Flees Kiev, Tymoshenko Is Free at Last
February 22, 2014
Side effects may include recession, job contraction, 401(k) bruising, recurrent Dow fluctuation, and IRA bleeding.Up to a Point: PJ O’Rourke on Sochi and Senate Slackers
P. J. O’Rourke
February 7, 2014
Our political life seems to have a recurrent pattern that, perhaps not surprisingly, mirrors so much of our non-political life.Presidents Never Can Seem to Learn to Stop Overreaching
November 25, 2013
She was dismayed to find that temptation was a recurrent thing.Olive in Italy
The cry of corruption is a recurrent note in the history of democracies.Union and Democracy
Can science find no check upon these recurrent forms of disease?A Daughter of the Middle Border
Alone, the thought of him was recurrent, no matter how resolutely she cast it forth.The Pagan Madonna
When it is caused by agents in the blood, it may be intermittent or recurrent.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
- happening or tending to happen again or repeatedly
- anatomy (of certain nerves, branches of vessels, etc) turning back, so as to run in the opposite direction
Word Origin and History for recurrent
1610s, from Middle French recurrent (16c.) and directly from Latin recurrentem (nominative recurrens), present participle of recurrere "run back, hasten back, return" (see recur). From 1590s as a noun ("recurrent muscle").
- Occurring or appearing again or repeatedly.
- Turning in a reverse direction. Used of blood vessels and nerves.