Definitions for relapserɪˈlæps; ˈri læps

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•lapserɪˈlæps; ˈri læps(v.; n. also; n.)-lapsed, -laps•ing

  1. (v.i.)to fall or slip back into a former state or practice:

    to relapse into silence.

  2. to fall back into illness after convalescence or apparent recovery.

    Category: Pathology

  3. to fall back into wrongdoing or error.

  4. (n.)an act or instance of relapsing.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. a return of a disease after partial recovery from it.

    Category: Pathology

Origin of relapse:

1400–50; (v.) late ME < L relāpsus, ptp. of relābī to slide back, revert =re-re - +lābi to slide, slip; (n.) late ME < ML relāpsus= L relāb(ī)+-sus, for -tus suffix of v. action

re•laps′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, reverting(verb)

    a failure to maintain a higher state

  2. get worse, relapse(verb)

    deteriorate in health

    "he relapsed"

  3. relapse, lapse, recidivate, regress, retrogress, fall back(verb)

    go back to bad behavior

    "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"

Wiktionary

  1. relapse(Noun)

    The act or situation of relapsing.

    Alas! from what high hope to what relapse / Unlooked for are we fallen! uE000152061uE001 Milton.

  2. relapse(Noun)

    One who has relapsed, or fallen back into error; a backslider.

  3. relapse(Verb)

    To fall back again.

    He has improved recently but keeps relapsing into states of utter confusion.

  4. relapse(Verb)

    To recur; to worsen, be aggravated.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relapse(verb)

    to slip or slide back, in a literal sense; to turn back

  2. Relapse(verb)

    to slide or turn back into a former state or practice; to fall back from some condition attained; -- generally in a bad sense, as from a state of convalescence or amended condition; as, to relapse into a stupor, into vice, or into barbarism; -- sometimes in a good sense; as, to relapse into slumber after being disturbed

  3. Relapse(verb)

    to fall from Christian faith into paganism, heresy, or unbelief; to backslide

  4. Relapse

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

  5. Relapse

    one who has relapsed, or fallen back, into error; a backslider; specifically, one who, after recanting error, returns to it again

Freebase

  1. Relapse

    A relapse or recidivism is a recurrence of a past condition. For example, MS or malaria often exhibit peaks of activity and sometimes long periods of dormancy. Relapse, in relation to drug misuse, is resuming the use of a drug or a chemical substance after one or more periods of abstinence. The term is a landmark feature of both substance dependence and substance abuse, which are learned behaviors, and is maintained by neuronal adaptations that mediate learning and processing of various motivational stimuli. An important aspect of drug use is the propensity for repeated use and dependence, tendencies that are influenced by the nature of the drug itself and thus vary from substance to substance. Those substances that are cleared from the body most quickly, those with the highest pharmacological efficacy, and those that induce the highest tolerance elicit the most severe tendencies in users. Drug dependence can lead to increased tolerance to the substance in question, cravings, and withdrawal if the drug use ceases.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

relapse(noun)

a return to a former bad or undesirable state, especially ill health.

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