Definition of Relapse

1. Noun. A failure to maintain a higher state.

Exact synonyms: Backsliding, Lapse, Lapsing, Relapsing, Reversion, Reverting
Generic synonyms: Failure
Specialized synonyms: Recidivism
Derivative terms: Lapse, Lapse, Revert

2. Verb. Deteriorate in health. "He relapsed"
Exact synonyms: Get Worse
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn
Antonyms: Get Well

3. Verb. Go back to bad behavior. "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"
Exact synonyms: Fall Back, Lapse, Recidivate, Regress, Retrogress
Generic synonyms: Regress, Retrovert, Return, Revert, Turn Back
Derivative terms: Lapse, Recidivism, Relapsing

Definition of Relapse

1. v. i. To slip or slide back, in a literal sense; to turn back.

2. n. A sliding or falling back, especially into a former bad state, either of body or morals; backsliding; the state of having fallen back.

Definition of Relapse

1. Verb. (intransitive) To fall back again. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive medicine of a disease) To recur; to worsen, be aggravated. ¹

3. Noun. The act or situation of relapsing. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) One who has relapsed, or fallen back into error; a backslider. ¹

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Definition of Relapse

1. to fall or slip back into a former state [v -LAPSED, -LAPSING, -LAPSES]

Medical Definition of Relapse

1. The return of symptoms and signs of a disease after a period of improvement. (12 May 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Relapse

relapse (current term)
relapsing appendicitis
relapsing fever
relapsing malaria
relapsing perichondritis
relapsing polychondritis

Literary usage of Relapse

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Overview of Addiction Treatment Effectiveness by Mim J. Landry (1996)
"relapse Prevention Many people mistakenly believe that relapse is a sign of ... Early models of addiction viewed successful treatment and relapse as ..."

2. The State of Prisons and of Child-saving Institutions in the Civilized World by Enoch Cobb Wines (1879)
"PART m] relapse. 3. To provide the means of rendering the punishment effective, whatever might be the nationality of the criminal, or the locality where he ..."

3. The State of Prisons and of Child-saving Institutions in the Civilized World by Enoch Cobb Wines (1879)
"relapse. WHAT would be the best means of combating relapses ? The causes of relapse being different, the means employed to combat it should be different. ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1896)
"relapse IN PNEUMONIA. HUGE describes the peculiarities of relapse in ... The duration of the relapse varies from four to eight days. ..."

5. A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages by Henry Charles Lea (1887)
"When it was " light" he was to be punished more heavily than for a first offence, but not with the full penalty of relapse. Moreover, the evidence required ..."

6. The Medical Times and Gazette (1879)
"A young girl has a relapse of typhoid, and her temperature has risen to 105" Fahr, by the fifth day of that relapse, her general condition continuing that ..."

7. Assessment and Treatment of Patients With Coexisting Mental Illness and by Richard Ries (1996)
"relapse prevention also includes closely monitoring the development of patients' AOD ... The goals of relapse prevention are: 1) identification of patients' ..."

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