relapse

noun
re·​lapse | \ ri-ˈlaps How to pronounce relapse (audio) , ˈrē-ˌlaps How to pronounce relapse (audio) \

Definition of relapse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of backsliding, worsening, or subsiding
2 : a recurrence of symptoms of a disease after a period of improvement

relapse

verb
re·​lapse | \ ri-ˈlaps How to pronounce relapse (audio) \
relapsed; relapsing

Definition of relapse (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to slip or fall back into a former worse state
2 : sink, subside relapse into deep thought

Other Words from relapse

Verb

relapser noun

Examples of relapse in a Sentence

Noun Everyone thought she was well until a sudden relapse sent her back to the hospital. a drug addict who has had a relapse a drug addict who has a history of relapse Verb If you don't continue your treatment, you could relapse. Malaria can relapse years after the original infection. The country soon relapsed into chaos. She stayed out of trouble for a long time, but then she relapsed into her old ways. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eight years ago, businessman Brian Bailys, who had been in recovery for substance abuse, had a major relapse and ended up hospitalized. cleveland, 6 July 2022 But the state required him to visit each venue — inviting a relapse — or see a counselor who could ban him from a few dozen at a time. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 After the escort dance number, Jeremiah takes Susannah's phone and looks through her email only to find out about her relapse. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 19 June 2022 Each relapse has been the hardest conversation to have with them. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 18 June 2022 Stress is a definite risk factor, and can lead to a relapse. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 12 June 2022 Stress is a definite risk factor, and can lead to a relapse. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 12 June 2022 Stress is a definite risk factor, and can lead to a relapse. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 12 June 2022 Stress is a definite risk factor, and can lead to a relapse. cleveland, 12 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One vexing problem with other vitiligo treatments, which include anti-inflammatory and steroid medications and ultra violet light sessions, is that when halted, up to 40 percent of patients relapse within the first year. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 19 July 2022 At some point, this disease will relapse and eventually be terminal. cleveland, 30 May 2022 At some point, this disease will relapse and eventually be terminal. oregonlive, 30 May 2022 Even if successfully treated, however, 80 percent of patients will relapse in the five years following remission. Raleigh Mcelvery, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022 Although some may relapse, the 100% success rate is unprecedented even for a small trial. Allysia Finley, WSJ, 15 June 2022 Long-acting injectables were associated with a lower risk of hospitalization or relapse in the majority of more than 137 studies comparing the treatments, according to an analysis published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry last year. Julie Wernau, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Stress, anxiety and fear caused many in recovery to relapse. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, 12 May 2022 Mewes would relapse years later after receiving medication for his kidney stones before getting clean once more. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 20 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of relapse

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for relapse

Noun

Middle English, from Medieval Latin relapsus, from Latin relabi to slide back, from re- + labi to slide — more at sleep

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More Definitions for relapse

relapse

noun
re·​lapse | \ ri-ˈlaps How to pronounce relapse (audio) , ˈrē-ˌlaps \

Kids Definition of relapse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a return of illness after a period of improvement
2 : a return to a former and undesirable state or condition a relapse into bad habits

relapse

verb
re·​lapse | \ ri-ˈlaps How to pronounce relapse (audio) \
relapsed; relapsing

Kids Definition of relapse (Entry 2 of 2)

: to return to a former state or condition (as of illness or bad behavior) after a change for the better

relapse

noun
re·​lapse | \ ri-ˈlaps How to pronounce relapse (audio) , ˈrē-ˌ How to pronounce relapse (audio) \

Medical Definition of relapse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a recurrence of illness especially : a recurrence of symptoms of a disease after a period of improvement a relapse after an 18-month remission — M. T. Fosburg et al. — compare recrudescence

relapse

intransitive verb
re·​lapse | \ ri-ˈlaps How to pronounce relapse (audio) \
relapsed; relapsing

Medical Definition of relapse (Entry 2 of 2)

: to slip or fall back into a former worse state (as of illness) after a change for the better the patient relapsed twice in four years

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