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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 re·lapse /rɪˈlæps/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 re·lapse /rɪˈlæps, ˈrɪˌ/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·lapse v. i. [imp. & p. p. Relapsed p. pr. & vb. n. Relapsing.]
 1. To slip or slide back, in a literal sense; to turn back. [Obs.]
 2. 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.   --Cowper.
 3. 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.   --Waterland.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·lapse, n.
 1. 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!   --Milton.
 2. One who has relapsed, or fallen back, into error; a backslider; specifically, one who, after recanting error, returns to it again. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a failure to maintain a higher state [syn: backsliding, lapse,
           lapsing, relapsing, reversion, reverting]
      v 1: deteriorate in health; "he relapsed" [syn: get worse]
           [ant: get well]
      2: go back to bad behavior; "Those who recidivate are often
         minor criminals" [syn: lapse, recidivate, regress, retrogress,
          fall back]