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effloresce

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verb ef·flo·resce \ˌe-flə-ˈres\

Definition of effloresce

efflorescedefflorescing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to burst forth :  bloom

  3. 2 a :  to change to a powder from loss of water of crystallization b :  to form or become covered with a powdery crust <bricks may effloresce owing to the deposition of soluble salts>



Examples of effloresce in a sentence

  1. <created an artificial environment in which plants grew and effloresced regardless of season>



Origin of effloresce

Latin efflorescere, from ex- + florescere to begin to blossom — more at florescence


First Known Use: 1775


Medical Dictionary

effloresce

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intransitive verb ef·flo·resce \ˌef-lə-ˈres\

Medical Definition of effloresce

effloresced; efflorescing

  1. :  to change to a powder from loss of water of crystallization




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