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

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flaccidity \ fla(k)-​ˈsi-​də-​tē How to pronounce flaccidity (audio) \ noun
flaccidly \ ˈfla(k)-​səd-​lē How to pronounce flaccidly (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
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Recent Examples on the Web Questions unanswered: Acute flaccid myelitis strikes active 4-year-old. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Mysterious polio-like disease targeting kids may be caused by 'missing' virus, study says," 22 Oct. 2019 Cases of the illness, called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, suddenly surged in 2018, baffling the Centers for Disease Control and doctors. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Polio-Like Illness Paralyzing Children May Be a Viral Infection, Study Says," 22 Oct. 2019 The poliolike syndrome, called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, is very rare. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Study points to virus as culprit in kids’ paralyzing illness," 21 Oct. 2019 Since 2014, more than 500 children in the United States have suddenly lost muscle control in their arms and legs, a condition called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which can cause permanent disability. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Evidence links poliolike disease in children to a common type of virus," 21 Oct. 2019 The poliolike syndrome, called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, is very rare. Los Angeles Times, "Virus may be culprit in AFM, the paralyzing, poliolike illness affecting kids," 21 Oct. 2019 Enteroviruses also include poliovirus, coxsackievirus (which causes myocarditis, or heart inflammation) and EV-D68, a virus that has been linked to acute flaccid myelitis. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "A Newly Identified Protein May Be the Key to Vanquishing the Common Cold," 17 Sep. 2019 The symptoms include acute, ascending, flaccid paralysis that is often confused with other neurologic disorders or diseases. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Mom Urges Parents to Be More Aware After Daughter Diagnosed with Rare Tick Paralysis," 16 Aug. 2019 The illness is called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, and is marked by the sudden onset of limb weakness (usually upper limb), paralysis, and spinal lesions seen on MRI scans. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Mysterious illness that paralyzes healthy kids prompts plea from CDC," 10 July 2019

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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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2 Dec 2019

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“Flaccid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flaccid. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of flaccid

: not firm : not hard or solid
: lacking strength or force


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 flaccidity (audio) \ noun, plural flaccidities

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