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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Recrudesce \Re`cru*desce"\, v. i. [See Recrudescent.] To be in a state of recrudescence; esp., to come into renewed freshness, vigor, or activity; to revive.

The general influence . . . which is liable every now and then to recrudesce in his absence.
--Edmund Gurney.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1875, "break out afresh," back-formation from recrudescence or else from Latin recrudescere "become raw again, break open afresh." Related: Recrudesced; recrudescing.


vb. (context intransitive English) to recur, or break out anew after a dormant period

  1. v. happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time" [syn: break, develop]

  2. become raw or open; "He broke out in hives"; "My skin breaks out when I eat strawberries"; "Such boils tend to recrudesce" [syn: erupt, break out]