-escent

-escent

a suffix of adjectives borrowed from Latin, where it had an inchoative force; often corresponding to verbs in -esce and nouns in -escence: convalescent; recrudescent.

Origin:
< Latin, stem of -ēscēns, present participle ending

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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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