What does relapse mean?

Definitions for relapse
rɪˈlæps; ˈri læpsre·lapse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, revertingverb

    a failure to maintain a higher state

  2. get worse, relapseverb

    deteriorate in health

    "he relapsed"

  3. relapse, lapse, recidivate, regress, retrogress, fall backverb

    go back to bad behavior

    "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"

Wiktionary

  1. relapsenoun

    The act or situation of relapsing.

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

  2. relapsenoun

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

  3. relapseverb

    To fall back again.

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

  4. relapseverb

    To recur; to worsen, be aggravated.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relapseverb

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

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

  2. Relapseverb

    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

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

  3. Relapseverb

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

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

  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

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

  5. Relapse

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

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

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Relapse

    rē-laps′, v.i. to slide, sink, or fall back: to return to a former state of practice: to backslide.—n. a falling back into a former bad state: (med.) the return of a disease after convalescence.—n. Relap′ser.—adj. Relap′sing. [L. relabi, relapsusre-, back, labi, to slide.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of relapse in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of relapse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of relapse in a Sentence

  1. John Kinsey:

    We're having a relapse. I'm hopeful this is a reaction to the good week we had last week, and we'll have a couple of soft days and then it will get better.

  2. Shelly Flagel:

    Often, the reason we study this type of learning process is to help us better understand addiction, and the biggest problem with addiction is relapse, when you see this biological correlation between those who are and those who are not able to resist something, you can build on that.

  3. Cynthia Moreno Tuohy:

    Whenever there's a natural disaster, we know that relapse goes up, because of anxiety, the fear of the unknown, now we have an ongoing, natural disaster, if you will.

  4. George Greer:

    Additionally, a small portion of people have histories of psychotic or manic episodes, and psilocybin could worsen those conditions or trigger a relapse.

  5. Millan Mulraine:

    The bigger question will be determining whether this deterioration in labor market momentum is part of a broader inflection point for the economic recovery, this is the Fed's 'known unknown,' and a risk management approach will require more patience to assess the incoming labor market data for an answer to the question of whether this is a realignment in the labor market dynamics to a more sustainable path, or a more worrying relapse in the recovery.

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