-esce, -escent, -escence

(Latin: beginning to be, becoming; to be somewhat; a suffix that forms nouns and adjectives)

incandescent (adjective), more incandescent, most incandescent
1. Descriptive of bright, and glowing with light or heat.
2. Relating to something that is shining brilliantly.
. 3. Characterized by ardent emotion, intensity, or brilliance: The singer had an incandescent performance.
1. A group of flowers that grow on the same main stalk.
2. A group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem that is composed of a main branch or a complicated arrangement of branches.
Cluster of flowers on one or a series of branches, which together make a large showy blossom.

Categories depend on the arrangement of flowers on an elongated main axis (peduncle) or on sub-branches from the main axis, and on the timing and position of flowering.

1. The grouping or arrangement in which fruits are borne on a plant.
2. A characteristic arrangement of flowers on a stem; a flower cluster.
insenescence (s) (noun), insenescences (pl)
1. A condition in which a person is growing elderly without the usual signs of aging: Someone at the fitness studio guessed Sam's age to be in the 40s; however, because of his insenescence, he was actually in his 70s!

The conference speaker met a ninety-two-year old woman which he guessed to be about seventy, based on her energy as well as her appearance; however, he learned that there was a great discrepancy between her chronological age and her apparent biological insenescence.

2. The process of advancing in years, passing one's prime, or approaching old age: In the Oscar Wilde story, Dorion Gray, the main character fears insenescence and swore that he would always be young and handsome.

The university set up a department to study insenescence because there are many more people in the general population who are getting along in years.

intumescent (adjective), more intumescent, most intumescent
1. A reference to a substance that swells as a result of heat exposure; therefore, increasing in volume, and decreasing in density.
2. Pertaining to something that becomes enlarged or swollen.
1. The condition of gleaming with bright and changing colors; iridescent.
2. A lustrous rainbow-like play of color caused by differential refraction of light waves (as from an oil slick, soap bubble, or fish scales) that tends to change as the angle of view changes.
3. A condition of color marked by changing the hue and metallic sheen.

It is produced by the reflection and refraction of different lengths of light waves on the apparently colored surfaces. The effect is seen in certain birds, fish, and reptiles.

1. Having rainbow colors that appear to move and change as the angle at which they are seen changes.
2. Having a lustrous or brilliant appearance.
3. Having a rainbow-like display of colors in reflected light; such as, in mother-of-pearl; also a reference to a colony of microorganisms.
The state of being or becoming young.
1. Becoming young; growing young again.
2. Making young; rejuvenating.
3. Having the power to make someone young or youthful: "The old woman drank what was supposed to be a juvenescent elixir."
latescent (adjective)
1. Slightly withdrawn from view or knowledge: "The meaning of the latescent word was difficult to find."
2. That which is not obvious to a person's perception or recognition.