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intr.v. re·lapsed, re·laps·ing, re·laps·es
1. To return to a former state.
a. To become sicker after partial recovery from an illness.
b. To recur. Used of an illness.
3. To slip back into bad ways; backslide.
n. (rē′lăps, rĭ-lăps′)
A return to a former state, especially after apparent improvement.

[Middle English relapsen, to forswear, from Latin relābī, relāps-, to fall back gradually : re-, re- + lābī, to slide.]

re·laps′er n.
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Noun1.relapsing - a failure to maintain a higher staterelapsing - a failure to maintain a higher state
failure - an act that fails; "his failure to pass the test"
recidivism - habitual relapse into crime
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References in classic literature ?
The doctor gloomily recognized what trifling success he had obtained from his manoeuvre, and was relapsing into deep meditation, when he heard Joe exclaim, in tones of most intense astonishment:
And, I say," pursued Old Sharon, relapsing into his customary impudence, "you're in love, you know, with that nice girl.
Unlike primary progressive MS and relapsing secondary progressive MS, there are no drugs approved for long-term treatment of secondary progressive MS without relapses.
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Most atopic disease management is based on managing active disease, but atopic dermatitis is a chronic relapsing disease for which long-term maintenance therapies are being sought.
It has been reported recently that small daily doses of prednisolone during infectious illness were effective in reducing infection-associated relapses in frequently relapsing nephrotic syndrome (23).
(11) In a recent large multicentre cohort report of CSI NSGCT on surveillance, there were no deaths from disease or treatment in patients relapsing after two years.
ROC curve analysis was used for the evaluation of sensitivity and specificity of the scores for all relapsing and non-relapsing patients.
In addition, the national leprosy programmes must build a community-based surveillance system integrated with other services for long-term follow-up of leprosy RFT patients to timely identify relapsing cases.
Consistent with the established effects of natalizumab in relapsing multiple sclerosis, analyses of exploratory endpoints suggest that some patients received a benefit from treatment, including reduction of relapses and new MRI lesions.