flaccid

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adjective flac·cid \ˈfla-səd also ˈflak-səd\

Definition of flaccid

  1. 1a :  not firm or stiff; also :  lacking normal or youthful firmness flaccid musclesb of a plant part :  deficient in turgor

  2. 2 :  lacking vigor or force flaccid leadership

flaccidity

play \fla(k)-ˈsi-də-tē\ noun

flaccidly

play \ˈfla(k)-səd-lē\ adverb

Examples of flaccid in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. the flaccid stalks of celery that had been around for far too long

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Origin and Etymology of flaccid

Latin flaccidus, from flaccus flabby

Other Physiology Terms


FLACCID Defined for English Language Learners

flaccid

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adjective

Definition of flaccid for English Language Learners

  • : not firm : not hard or solid

  • : lacking strength or force


Medical Dictionary

flaccid

play play
adjective flac·cid \ˈflas-əd, ˈflak-səd\

Medical Definition of flaccid

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

flaccidity

\fla(k)-ˈsid-ət-ē\play play noun plural

flaccidities



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