Definition of recrudesce in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌriːkruːˈdɛs/
Pronunciation: /ˌrɛkruːˈdɛs/


[no object] formal
Break out again; recur: syphilis, until recently thought to be almost under control, is now recrudescing
More example sentences
  • She was able to see a festering protest recrudescing.
  • So either the usage has recrudesced or the verb vanished only from formal written prose, not from the spoken language.



Pronunciation: /ˌriːkruːˈdɛsəns/
Pronunciation: /ˌrɛkruːˈdɛs(ə)ns/
Example sentences
  • None of the children examined, seen either during a routine check-up or because of a recrudescence of the neurological symptoms, showed clinical signs of streptococcal infections.
  • But the events of the 1790s, and the recrudescence of Evangelical fundamentalism, were ultimately to intensify the divide between the Protestant north-east and the rest of the country.
  • The bitter legacy of economic competition in the 1930s helped to encourage a recrudescence of such fears during the early years of the war when unemployment remained a problem.


Pronunciation: /ˌriːkruːˈdɛs(ə)nt/
Pronunciation: /ˌrɛkruːˈdɛs(ə)nt/
Example sentences
  • I remembered that like many people with herpes I occasionally get recurrence of the virus in saliva when no recrudescent lip lesion is present.
  • Accordingly, after cessation of antibiotics for primary bacteremia, clinicians should follow patients carefully for signs and symptoms of recrudescent infection.
  • Latent and recrudescent infections have also been reported.


Late 19th century: back-formation from recrudescence 'recurrence', from Latin recrudescere 'become raw again', from re- 'again' + crudus 'raw'.

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