-escence

-escence

a suffix of nouns denoting action or process, change, state or condition, etc., and corresponding to verbs ending in -esce or adjectives ending in -escent: convalescence; luminescence.

Origin:
< Latin -ēscentia. See -esce, -ence

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-escent
 
suffix forming adjectives
beginning to be, do, show, etc: convalescent; luminescent
 
[via Old French from Latin -ēscent-, stem of present participial suffix of -ēscere, ending of inceptive verbs]
 
-escence
 
suffix forming nouns

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