• WordNet 3.6
    • v relapse go back to bad behavior "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"
    • v relapse deteriorate in health "he relapsed"
    • n relapse a failure to maintain a higher state
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Relapse A sliding or falling back, especially into a former bad state, either of body or morals; backsliding; the state of having fallen back. "Alas! from what high hope to what relapse Unlooked for are we fallen!"
    • Relapse One who has relapsed, or fallen back, into error; a backslider; specifically, one who, after recanting error, returns to it again.
    • Relapse (Theol) To fall from Christian faith into paganism, heresy, or unbelief; to backslide. "They enter into the justified state, and so continue all along, unless they relapse ."
    • Relapse To slide or turn back into a former state or practice; to fall back from some condition attained; -- generally in a bad sense, as from a state of convalescence or amended condition; as, to relapse into a stupor, into vice, or into barbarism; -- sometimes in a good sense; as, to relapse into slumber after being disturbed. "That task performed, [preachers relapse into themselves."
    • Relapse To slip or slide back, in a literal sense; to turn back.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • relapse To slip or slide back; return.
    • relapse To fall back; return to a former bad state or practice; backslide: as, to relapse into vice or error after amendment.
    • relapse To fall back from recovery or a convalescent state.
    • n relapse A sliding or falling back, particularly into a former evil state.
    • n relapse One who has refallen into vice or error; specifically, one who returns into error after having recanted it.
    • n relapse In medicine, the return of a disease or symptom during or directly after convalescence. See recrudescence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Relapse rē-laps′ to slide, sink, or fall back: to return to a former state of practice: to backslide
    • n Relapse a falling back into a former bad state:
    • n Relapse (med.) the return of a disease after convalescence
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  • Jimmy Connors
    Jimmy Connors
    “Rather than viewing a brief relapse back to inactivity as a failure, treat it as a challenge and try to get back on track as soon as possible.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. relapsus, p. p. of relabi, to slip back, to relapse; pref. re-, re- + labi, to fall, slip, slide. See Lapse


In literature:

The young Arctic explorer, so entirely at home in this more tropical clime, had relapsed into respectability when I spoke to him.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
The Lachlan family relapsed into painful stiffness when he entered their house.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
He drew his chair toward the fire, and relapsed into his reading.
"Sunrise" by William Black
The disease lasts for from two or three days to as many weeks, and relapses are frequent.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
By continuing to follow your special hygienic rules, I believe no relapse will occur.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The danger of relapse was imminent; his own chamber at Thetford's was unoccupied.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Both arrived at a time when a relapse of illness had depressed me much.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
Patient seems asleep; may be roused by loud noise, but quickly relapses.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
Now he relapsed into Spanish and asked Yeager to join them at breakfast.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France

In poetry:

``Only, beware relapse!''
The Abbot hung his head.
This beggar might be perhaps
An angel, Luther said.
"The Twins" by Robert Browning
"'Raise me from earth; the pains of want remove,
And let me, silent, seek some friendly shore;
There only, banish'd from the form I love,
My weeping virtue shall relapse no more.
"Elegy XXVI. Describing the Sorrow of An Ingeneous Mind" by William Shenstone
You have heard the mob laughed at?
I ask you: Is not the mob rough as the mountains are
And all things human rise from the mob and relapse and
rise again as rain to the sea.
"On The Way" by Carl Sandburg
The forests had done it; there they stood;
We caught for a moment the powers at play:
They had mingled us so, for once and good,
Their work was done—-we might go or stay,
They relapsed to their ancient mood.
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning

In news:

A mystery throws the clients into turmoil as the staff tries to determine who has relapsed and begun purging in the treatment center.
And they had a more revolutionary idea: They might help patients recover from relapses once they happened.
Josh Hamilton has relapse .
Last week I wrote about the "Power of Relapsing ' and got many emails saying "THANK YOU for writing about it as I was thinking about going back to the relationship just so I wasn't alone during the holidays.
"Don't believe the myth," advises Rennie Jaffe, Relapse 's vice president of Business and Legal Affairs.
Josh Hamilton's relapse shouldn't shock anybody.
On Josh Hamilton's relapse with alcohol.
Even before the five-year gap that separated " Relapse " from 2004?s "Encore," Eminem was obviously spinning his wheels — dissing tabloid personalities and engaging in one-too-many murder fantasies about his ex-wife, Kim Mathers.
In speaking so publicly about his addiction and relapses , Sheff hoped to continue his healing.
Ministry's upcoming 2012 album, ' Relapse ,' will be spearheaded by the modern-day protest song, '99 Percenters.
Rangers' Hamilton confirms relapse .
The study found that 26 relapses occurred in the three months after the procedures.
And a key component of any program is to prepare for lapses and relapses .
A relapse is defined as a reversion to the target behavior.
Hamilton Apologizes for Alcohol Relapse .

In science:

This dataset consists of microarrays of 78 breast cancer patients, of which 44 had shown no relapse of metastases within 5 years after initial treatment (van’t Veer et al., 2002).
Graph Kernels
One example occurs in medical diagnostics in mental health in which one may want to classify patients as “low risk” or “high risk” for relapse based on observed medical history.
Small Sample Inference for Generalization Error in Classification Using the CUD Bound
The risk of relapse plays a central role in tailoring therapy intensity. A total of 389 samples were analyzed for the study, from which high quality gene expression data were obtained on 360 samples.
Quality assessment for short oligonucleotide microarray data