verb (used without object), relapsed, relapsing.
to fall or slip back into a former state, practice, etc.:
to relapse into silence.
to fall back into illness after convalescence or apparent recovery.
to fall back into vice, wrongdoing, or error; backslide:
to relapse into heresy.
an act or instance of relapsing.
a return of a disease or illness after partial recovery from it.
verb (intransitive) (rɪˈlæps)
to lapse back into a former state or condition, esp one involving bad habits
to become ill again after apparent recovery
noun (rɪˈlæps; ˈriːˌlæps)
the act or an instance of relapsing
the return of ill health after an apparent or partial recovery

relapse re·lapse (rĭ-lāps’)
v. re·lapsed, re·laps·ing, re·laps·es

To regress after partial recovery from illness.

To slip back into bad ways; backslide.

To fall or slide back into a former state.

n. (rē’lāps, rĭ-lāps’)
A falling back into a former state, especially the return of symptoms following an apparent recovery. Also called recurrence.


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