remission

[ ri-mish-uhn ]
/ rɪˈmɪʃ ən /

noun

the act of remitting.
pardon; forgiveness, as of sins or offenses.
abatement or diminution, as of diligence, labor, intensity, etc.
the relinquishment of a payment, obligation, etc.
Medicine/Medical.
  1. a temporary or permanent decrease or subsidence of manifestations of a disease.
  2. a period during which such a decrease or subsidence occurs: The patient's leukemia was in remission.

Origin of remission

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin remissiōn- (stem of remissiō). See remiss, -ion

Related forms

non·re·mis·sion, noun

Can be confused

remission remittance
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British Dictionary definitions for remission

remission

less commonly remittal (rɪˈmɪtəl)

/ (rɪˈmɪʃən) /

noun

the act of remitting or state of being remitted
a reduction of the term of a sentence of imprisonment, as for good conducthe got three years' remission
forgiveness for sin
discharge or release from penalty, obligation, etc
lessening of intensity; abatement, as in the severity of symptoms of a disease

Derived Forms

remissive, adjectiveremissively, adverb
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Medicine definitions for remission

remission

[ rĭ-mĭshən ]

n.

Abatement or subsiding of the symptoms of a disease.
The period during which the symptoms of a disease abate or subside.

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Science definitions for remission

remission

[ rĭ-mĭshən ]

Abatement or subsiding of the symptoms of a disease.

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Culture definitions for remission

remission

A period in the course of a disease when symptoms become less severe.


Note

The term remission is often used in speaking of sufferers from leukemia or other cancers whose symptoms lessen or disappear. In such a case, the disease is said to be “in remission.” The period of remission may last only briefly or may extend over several months or years.
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