effloresce

verb ef·flo·resce \ ˌe-flə-ˈres \

Definition of effloresce

effloresced; efflorescing
intransitive verb
1 :to burst forth :bloom
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

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Origin and Etymology of effloresce

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

effloresce Synonyms

Synonyms
blossom, blow, burgeon (also bourgeon), bloom, flower, unfold
Related Words
leaf, leave; bud; open
Near Antonyms
dry up, fade, shrivel, wilt, wither; die, drop, expire, perish

Medical Dictionary

effloresce

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

medical Definition of effloresce

effloresced; efflorescing
:to change to a powder from loss of water of crystallization


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