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Pronunciation: ret'ro-sesh'un


  1. A going back; a relapse.
  2. Cessation of the external symptoms of a disease followed by signs of involvement of some internal organ or part.
  3. Denoting a position of the uterus or other organ farther back than is normal.

[L. retro-cedo, pp. -cessus, to go back, retire]

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