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recurrent

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adjective re·cur·rent \-ˈkər-ənt, -ˈkə-rənt\

Simple Definition of recurrent

  • : happening or appearing again and again

Full Definition of recurrent

  1. 1 :  running or turning back in a direction opposite to a former course —used of various nerves and branches of vessels in the arms and legs

  2. 2 :  returning or happening time after time <recurrent complaints>

re·cur·rent·ly adverb

Examples of recurrent

  1. The loss of innocence is a recurrent theme in his stories.

  2. <had recurrent problems with the computer for months and finally junked it>



Origin of recurrent

Latin recurrent-, recurrens, present participle of recurrere


First Known Use: 1578


RECURRENT Defined for Kids

recurrent

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adjective re·cur·rent \ri-ˈkər-ənt\

Definition of recurrent

  1. :  happening or appearing again and again <a recurrent infection>




Medical Dictionary

recurrent

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adjective re·cur·rent \-ˈkər-ənt, -ˈkə-rənt\

Medical Definition of recurrent

  1. 1:  running or turning back in a direction opposite to a former course—used of various nerves and branches of vessels in the arms and legs

  2. 2:  returning or happening time after time <recurrent pain>

  3. re·cur·rent·ly adverb





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