flac·​cid | \ ˈfla-səd How to pronounce flaccid (audio) also ˈflak-səd How to pronounce flaccid (audio) \

Definition of flaccid

1a : not firm or stiff also : lacking normal or youthful firmness flaccid muscles
b of a plant part : deficient in turgor
2 : lacking vigor or force flaccid leadership

Other Words from flaccid

flaccidity \ fla(k)-​ˈsi-​də-​tē How to pronounce flaccid (audio) \ noun
flaccidly \ ˈfla(k)-​səd-​lē How to pronounce flaccid (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of flaccid in a Sentence

Virgil Thomson, in his review of the evening, called the libretto "flaccid and spineless," but that is unfair. It is a witty piece of writing. — J. D. McClatchy, New Republic, 29 Nov. 1993 Her hands are long and slim, delicate, as Dorothy's were; her handshake is flaccid, her smile is sweet but unconvincing. — Richard Bausch, Esquire, August 1990 Half must have been, of course, men and women over fifty and their bodies reflected the pull of their character … many a man had a flaccid paunch … — Norman Mailer, Harper's, November 1968 the flaccid stalks of celery that had been around for far too long
Recent Examples on the Web Another possible cause of acute flaccid myelitis and paralysis can be polio. Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2022 In rare cases, children with EV-D68 can develop a serious neurologic condition, called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which affects the nervous system and weakens the body’s muscles and reflexes. Maggie O'neill, SELF, 14 Sep. 2022 On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health alert detailing a rise in severe respiratory illness this fall that can lead to a condition called acute flaccid myelitis. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2022 Previous cases of acute flaccid myelitis and death in children have also now been linked to the virus. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 12 Sep. 2022 Along with constant full-frontal male nudity (including a montage of flaccid penises auditioning for a part in the magazine) comes constant witty humor in Minx, a period dramedy that takes place in the 1970s. Steven Vargas, EW.com, 26 Aug. 2022 Among the report's revelations is that the infection left the man with ongoing flaccid weakness in both legs. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 17 Aug. 2022 The case was first thought to be acute flaccid myelitis, a condition that can mimic polio, and is likely caused by a different virus. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 16 Aug. 2022 More flaccid penises would mean less unwanted pregnancies, right? Billboard Staff, Billboard, 29 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of flaccid

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for flaccid

Latin flaccidus, from flaccus flabby

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The first known use of flaccid was in 1620

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“Flaccid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flaccid. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for flaccid


flac·​cid | \ ˈflas-əd How to pronounce flaccid (audio) , ˈflak-səd How to pronounce flaccid (audio) \

Medical Definition of flaccid

: not firm or stiff also : lacking normal or youthful firmness flaccid muscles

Other Words from flaccid

flaccidity \ fla(k)-​ˈsid-​ət-​ē How to pronounce flaccid (audio) \ noun, plural flaccidities

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