Definition of relapse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

BrE BrE//rɪˈlæps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlæps//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈriːlæps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːlæps//
 
[countable, uncountable] the fact of becoming ill/sick again after making an improvement to have/suffer a relapse a risk of relapse Wordfinderacute, condition, health, medicine, outbreak, pain, recover, relapse, terminal, treatment See related entries: Being ill
Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin relaps- ‘slipped back’, from the verb relabi, from re- ‘back’ + labi ‘to slip’. Early senses referred to a return to heresy or wrongdoing.Extra examples A wide range of emotionally stressful events may trigger a relapse. Even in relapse there will be times when the patient’s general condition improves. The therapy can reduce the relapse rate for multiple sclerosis. to have/​suffer a relapse
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