relapse n : a failure to maintain a higher state [syn: backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapsing, reversion, reverting]
2 go back to bad behavior; "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals" [syn: lapse, recidivate, regress, retrogress, fall back]
- Rhymes: -æps
To fall back again
(medicine) To recur; to worsen
depression, bipolar disorder, multiple sclerosis, cancer or an addiction to a drug.
For example, if someone who had problems with alcohol were to give up alcohol and then later start drinking again, this drinking might be considered a relapse. It is different from a slip or lapse in that it implies a return to previous behaviour patterns, as opposed to a one-time occurrence.
It may also, in medicine, mean the end of a remission.
relapse in German: Rückfall
relapse in Spanish: Recaída
relapse in Polish: Nawrót choroby
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