Definition of recrudesce in English:


Pronunciation /ˌrēkro͞oˈdes/ /ˌrikruˈdɛs/

intransitive verb

[no object]formal
  • Break out again; recur.

    ‘diseases such as polio, which had been limited to a handful of countries, can recrudesce when conditions favor the virus’
    • ‘She was able to see a festering protest recrudescing.’
    • ‘So either the usage has recrudesced or the verb vanished only from formal written prose, not from the spoken language.’
    happen again, reoccur, occur again, be repeated, repeat, repeat itself


Early 18th century back-formation from recrudescence.