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A sudden slowing in the rate of temperature increase in a metal being heated, caused by endothermic structural changes and resulting in a darkening of the metal.

[From de- + Latin calēscere, to become warm, inchoative of calēre, to be warm; see kelə- in Indo-European roots.]

de′ca·les′cent adj.
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Adj.1.decalescent - absorbing heat without increase in temperature when heated beyond a certain point; "the decalescent point of steel"
endothermal, endothermic, heat-absorbing - (of a chemical reaction or compound) occurring or formed with absorption of heat