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[ri-kur] /rɪˈkɜr/
verb (used without object), recurred, recurring.
1.
to occur again, as an event, experience, etc.
2.
to return to the mind:
The idea kept recurring.
3.
to come up again for consideration, as a question.
4.
to have recourse.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; earlier: to recede < Latin recurrere to run back, equivalent to re- re- + currere to run
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Examples for recurred
  • In the fall came worse news: her cancer had recurred and spread, and doctors said she might have only months to live.
  • Compound that with the fact it has recurred, thus, the cycle repeats.
  • Similar attacks, though not so marked, recurred at the present time on awakening.
  • Treatment options depend on where the cancer has recurred.
  • It may also be used as treatment for cancer that has not been fully removed or has recurred after surgery.
  • It recurred to me the other day in taking up a book concerning them.
  • But three weeks after she began taking the anti-rejection drugs, the infection recurred.
  • In general, radiation is used to help relieve pain and discomfort caused by cancer that has spread or recurred.
  • Stem cell transplantation may be recommended for patients whose cancer has recurred.
British Dictionary definitions for recurred

recur

/rɪˈkɜː/
verb (intransitive) -curs, -curring, -curred
1.
to happen again, esp at regular intervals
2.
(of a thought, idea, etc) to come back to the mind
3.
(of a problem, etc) to come up again
4.
(maths) (of a digit or group of digits) to be repeated an infinite number of times at the end of a decimal fraction
Derived Forms
recurring, adjective
recurringly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin recurrere, from re- + currere to run
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Word Origin and History for recurred

recur

v.

late 14c., "recover from illness or suffering;" mid-15c., "to return" (to a place), from Latin recurrere "to return, run back, hasten back," figuratively "revert, recur," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Originally of persons; application to thoughts, ideas, etc. is recorded from 1620s. Meaning "happen again" is from 1670s. Related: Recurred; recurring.

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recurred in Medicine

recur re·cur (rĭ-kûr')
v. re·curred, re·cur·ring, re·curs

  1. To happen, come up, or show up again or repeatedly.

  2. To return to one's attention or memory.

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