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recurrent

[ri-kur-uh nt, -kuhr-] /rɪˈkɜr ənt, -ˈkʌr-/
adjective
1.
that recurs; occurring or appearing again, especially repeatedly or periodically.
2.
Anatomy. turned back so as to run in a reverse direction, as a nerve, artery, branch, etc.
Origin
1590-1600
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
Synonyms
1. repeated; persistent, intermittent.
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British Dictionary definitions for recurrently

recurrent

/rɪˈkʌrənt/
adjective
1.
happening or tending to happen again or repeatedly
2.
(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

recurrent

adj.

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'-)
adj.

  1. Occurring or appearing again or repeatedly.

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

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