self-re·​new·​al ˌself-ri-ˈnü-əl How to pronounce self-renewal (audio)
plural self-renewals
: the act or process of renewing oneself or itself
For a long time it has been assumed that heart muscle cells are incapable of self-renewal.Lisa Melton
More than 500 guests arrive annually between May 13 and Oct. 21 in pursuit of a back-to-basics, kick-in-the-pants approach to self-renewal: no caffeine, low salt, no refined sugar, no seconds.Cynthia Dial

Examples of self-renewal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Capricorn New Moon on the 11th is actually a potent one, and there’s reason to suspect that these efforts at self-renewal are going to move the needle in your current reality. Steph Koyfman, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Dec. 2023 By contrast, for all their shortcomings, the democracies have a track record of flexibility, innovation, adaptation, and self-renewal that extends over two centuries. Aaron L. Friedberg, Foreign Affairs, 11 Aug. 2020 The only thing that filmmakers like as much as being a part of the film industry is railing against it; that negative energy of struggle is fuel for creativity, and the effort at self-renewal through withdrawal—through the unifying of art and life—is a leap into the void. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2023 Cells that develop these mutations have a self-renewal advantage compared to normal cells resulting in clones with identical mutations. Salvatore Viscomi, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 The study says that various mammals contain the same self-renewal type of cells, but deer are the only ones employing them. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 16 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-renewal was in 1781

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“Self-renewal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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