AskDefine | Define relapsing

Dictionary Definition

relapsing n : a failure to maintain a higher state [syn: backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, reversion, reverting]

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  1. present participle of relapse

Extensive Definition

For the record label, see Relapse Records.
A relapse (etymologically, "who falls again") occurs when a person is affected again by a condition that affected them in the past. This could be a medical or psychological condition such as 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.
relapsing in German: Rückfall
relapsing in Spanish: Recaída
relapsing in Polish: Nawrót choroby
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