Borrowed from Latin acēscēns, acēscentis, present participle of acēscēre (“to turn sour”), inchoative of acēre (“to be sour”): compare French acescent.
acescent (comparative more acescent, superlative most acescent)
- Turning sour; readily becoming tart or acid; slightly sour.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Faraday to this entry?)
1821, Friedrich Accum, A Treatise on the Art of Brewing, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, page 10:
All kinds of malt liquor contain […] alcohol or spirit. They are of course weaker than wines, and in general more liable to become flat and acescent from this circumstance […]
acescent (plural acescents)
- A substance liable to become sour.
a substance liable to become sour