Meaning of recalescence in English:


Pronunciation /ˌriːkəˈlɛs(ə)ns/


mass nounMetallurgy
  • A temporary rise in temperature during cooling of a metal, caused by a change in crystal structure.

    ‘Kelton suspected that the first recalescence signaled the formation of the alloy's metastable icosahedral phase, followed five seconds later by the formation of the C14 Laves phase.’
    • ‘The recalescence point is lower than the decalescence point by anywhere from 85 to 215 degrees F.’
    • ‘I showed that recalescence and the disappearance of magnetisability in iron and steel occurred at about the same temperature.’


Late 19th century from re-‘again’ + Latin calescere ‘grow hot’ + -ence.