to fall or slip back into a former state, practice, etc.: to relapse into silence.
to fall back into illness after convalescence or apparent recovery.
to fall back into vice, wrongdoing, or error; backslide: to relapse into heresy.
an act or instance of relapsing.
a return of a disease or illness after partial recovery from it.
- re·laps·a·ble, adjective
- re·laps·er, noun
- un·re·laps·ing, adjective
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How to use relapse in a sentence
Brain and cognitive sciences professor John Gabrieli’s lab is using brain imaging and machine learning to zero in on predictors of relapse and match patients with optimal interventions.
Two months later, Beimnet takes pills to prevent a relapse of seizures like the ones he suffered as a result of his carbon monoxide exposure, but he otherwise shows no signs so far of permanent damage.Texas Enabled the Worst Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Catastrophe in Recent U.S. History | by Perla Trevizo, Ren Larson, Lexi Churchill, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune; Mike Hixenbaugh and Suzy Khimm, NBC News | April 29, 2021 | ProPublica
Preliminary data for the rest of 2020 suggests it was the deadliest year yet for overdoses, as isolation, loss of jobs, and increased anxieties made drug users more vulnerable to relapses.
The doctor tells me that he doesn’t know if there will be a relapse.
By watching for and reacting to early warning signs in this way, the study aims to reduce the number of patients who experience a serious relapse.Machines can spot mental health issues—if you hand over your personal data | Bobbie Johnson | August 13, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Will she have a terrible relapse and turn to her pal/sometime fling Vause for help?‘Orange Is the New Black’: Inside the Wild S2 Finale and What’s Next for Season 3 | Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern | July 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 59 percent of those cases, the relapse occurred within the first week.
According to a 2010 study, over 90 percent of those with opioid addiction relapse in the first year.
In the absence of chemotherapy, there was an 80 percent chance of relapse.
However, as the recent and unpredicted actions in Crimea remind us, there is always a chance of relapse.Using Strategies Reserved for Disease Outbreak, Activists Try to “Cure” Urban Violence | Sarah Kunst | April 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It reappears during a relapse, and thus helps to distinguish between a relapse and a complication, in which it does not reappear.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Patients might very well recover their mental sensibility after even a severe attack, and never have a relapse.Essays In Pastoral Medicine | Austin Malley
When I left her she had altogether recovered from the relapse.Scottish Ghost Stories | Elliott O'Donnell
No time, however, was given in which I could relapse into self-consciousness.
They drain off the liquor, and presently relapse into quiet.The Diamond Coterie | Lawrence L. Lynch
British Dictionary definitions for relapse
to lapse back into a former state or condition, esp one involving bad habits
to become ill again after apparent recovery
the act or an instance of relapsing
the return of ill health after an apparent or partial recovery
- relapser, noun
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