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[ri-kur-uh nt, -kuhr-] /rɪˈkɜr ənt, -ˈkʌr-/
that recurs; occurring or appearing again, especially repeatedly or periodically.
Anatomy. turned back so as to run in a reverse direction, as a nerve, artery, branch, etc.
Origin of recurrent
1590-1600; < Latin recurrent- (stem of recurrēns), present participle of recurrere to run back, equivalent to recurr(ere) (see recur) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
recurrently, adverb
unrecurrent, adjective
unrecurrently, adverb
1. repeated; persistent, intermittent. Unabridged
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  • He closed his eyes again while the burning waves of invisible fire shot through him recurrently from head to foot.

  • In the case of beautiful women, judging by history, it has shown a tendency to be recurrently sporadic in any case.

  • recurrently, it had caused him a vague uneasiness, hinted at a problem new to him.

British Dictionary definitions for recurrently


happening or tending to happen again or repeatedly
(anatomy) (of certain nerves, branches of vessels, etc) turning back, so as to run in the opposite direction
Derived Forms
recurrently, adverb
recurrence, noun
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Word Origin and History for recurrently



1610s, from Middle French recurrent (16c.) and directly from Latin recurrentem (nominative recurrens), present participle of recurrere "run back, hasten back, return" (see recur). From 1590s as a noun ("recurrent muscle").

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recurrently in Medicine

recurrent re·cur·rent (rĭ-kûr'ənt, -kŭr'-)

  1. Occurring or appearing again or repeatedly.

  2. Turning in a reverse direction. Used of blood vessels and nerves.

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