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part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: rih laeps
inflections: relapsed, relapses, relapsing
definition 1: to revert, esp. to a former negative condition, habit, or mode of conduct.
synonyms:
backslide, retrogress, revert
similar words:
degenerate, lapse, regress, slip
definition 2: to suffer a worsening of a disease after partial recovery.
similar words:
decline, degenerate, sicken
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: rih laeps [or] ri laeps
definition 1: the act or result of reverting, esp. to a former negative condition; reversion.
synonyms:
regression, reversion
antonyms:
recovery
definition 2: the worsening of a disease after partial recovery.
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