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from The Century Dictionary.

  • Sliding or falling back; marked by a relapse or return to a former worse state.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Marked by a relapse; falling back; tending to return to a former worse state.
  • adjective (Med.) an acute, epidemic, contagious fever, which prevails also endemically in Ireland, Russia, and some other regions. It is marked by one or two remissions of the fever, by articular and muscular pains, and by the presence, during the paroxism of spiral bacterium (Spirochæte) in the blood. It is not usually fatal. Called also famine fever, and recurring fever.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic relapse
  • verb Present participle of relapse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a failure to maintain a higher state

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