Back pressure

backpressure

[bak-presh-er]
noun
a resistant pressure exerted by liquid or gas against the forward motion or flow of an exhaust or pipe system: Careful control of backpressure ensures an even supply of oil from the well.
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back pressure
 
n
1.  engineering
 a.  the pressure that opposes the motion of a piston on its exhaust stroke in an internal-combustion engine
 b.  the exhaust pressure in external combustion engines
2.  med the local pressure that builds up when fluid flow is obstructed in the cardiovascular or urinary systems

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back pressure n.
Pressure exerted upstream in the circulation as a result of obstruction to forward flow, as when congestion in the pulmonary circulation results from failure of the left ventricle.

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