Relapse Definition

relapsed, relapses, relapsing
relapsed, relapses, relapsing
To return to a former state.
American Heritage Medicine
To become sicker after partial recovery from an illness.
American Heritage Medicine
To slip or fall back into a former condition, esp. after improvement or seeming improvement.
Webster's New World
To recur. Used of an illness.
American Heritage Medicine
The act or an instance of relapsing.
Webster's New World
The recurrence of a disease after apparent improvement.
Webster's New World

Origin of Relapse

  • Middle English relapsen to forswear from Latin relābī relāps- to fall back gradually re- re- lābī to slide

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin relapsus, past participle of relabi (“to slide back, fall back"), from re- (“back") + labi (“to slip, slide, fall").

    From Wiktionary

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