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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 of -escence
< Latin -ēscentia. See -esce, -ence Unabridged
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Word Origin and History for escence


word-forming element meaning "process or state of being," from Latin -escentia, from -escentem (see -escent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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