Definitions for relapserɪˈlæps; ˈri læps

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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"

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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 DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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

  6. Origin: [L. relapsus, p. p. of relabi to slip back, to relapse; pref. re- re- + labi to fall, slip, slide. See Lapse.]

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  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.

Anagrams of relapse »

  1. presale

  2. repeals

  3. leapers

  4. pleaser

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