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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Nascent \Nas"cent\ (n[a^]s"sent; n[=a]"sent), a. [L. nascens, -entis, p. pr. nasci to be born. See Nation, and cf. Naissant.] 1. Commencing, or in process of development; beginning to exist or to grow; coming into being; as, a nascent germ. [1913 Webster +PJC] Nascent passions and anxieties. --Berkley. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) Evolving; being evolved or produced; as, nascent oxygen. [1913 Webster] Nascent state (Chem.), the fleeting or momentary state of an uncombined atom or radical just separated from one compound, and not yet united with another, -- a hypothetical condition implying peculiarly active chemical properties; as, hydrogen in the nascent state is a strong reducer. [1913 Webster]