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Growing hotter or more ardent.

[Latin incalēscēns, incalēscent-, present participle of incalēscere, to grow warm : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + calēscere, to grow warm, inchoative of calēre, to be warm; see kelə- in Indo-European roots.]

in′ca·les′cence n.
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(Chemistry) chem increasing in temperature
[C17: from Latin incalescere, from in-2 + calescere to grow warm, from calēre to be warm]
ˌincaˈlescence n
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(ˌɪn kəˈlɛs ənt)

increasing in heat or ardor.
[1670–80; < Latin incalēscent-, s. of incalēscēns, present participle of incalēscere to become warm]
in`ca•les′cence, n.
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