One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The renewal of youth or vitality.
renewal, revival, recovery, rally, upturn, comeback, reinvigoration, reawakening, resurrection, reappearance, re-emergence, rejuvenation, regeneration, new birth, rebirth, renaissance, new dawn, new beginningView synonyms
- ‘By continuous living tradition and a vital power of rejuvenescence, this land has readjusted itself through unnumbered transformations.’
- ‘Senescence leads to reproduction and the process of rejuvenescence in each asexual cycle carries the organism back to the same stage of youth.’
- ‘Two categories of potential advantages of sex - variation and rejuvenescence - were hotly debated in the nineteenth century and today.’
- 1.1Biology The reactivation of vegetative cells, resulting in regrowth from old or injured parts.
- ‘Variations of those characters are partly due to stressed environments, such as unstable, muddy substrates resulting in corallite rejuvenescence and redirection.’
- ‘Although corallites are basically ceratoid in shape, the majority have irregular shapes, which were probably produced by a combination of redirected growth and rejuvenescence many times during life.’
- ‘In a particular corallum, the diameter of the aulos responded quickly to an event that caused redirection or rejuvenescence of growth, which can be observed in longitudinal sections.’
Mid 17th century: from late Latin rejuvenescere (from Latin re- ‘again’ + juvenis ‘young’) + -ence.
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