Per*sist"ent (?), a. [L. persistens, -entis, of persistere. See Persist.]


Inclined to persist; having staying qualities; tenacious of position or purpose.

2. Biol.

Remaining beyond the period when parts of the same kind sometimes fall off or are absorbed; permanent; as, persistent teeth or gills; a persistent calyx; -- opposed to deciduous, and caducous.


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