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confluent

[kon-floo-uh nt] /ˈkɒn flu ənt/
adjective
1.
flowing or running together; blending into one:
confluent rivers; confluent ideas.
2.
Pathology.
  1. running together:
    confluent efflorescences.
  2. characterized by confluent efflorescences:
    confluent smallpox.
noun
3.
one of two or more confluent streams.
4.
a tributary stream.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin confluent- (stem of confluēns, present participle of confluere to flow together), equivalent to con- con- + flu- (stem of fluere to flow) + -ent- -ent; see fluent, fluid
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  • All these above factors will certainly not be confluent at the same moment.
  • Two inventors recently patented devices that addressed these confluent dangers.
  • It is automatically and inevitably the result of all the confluent factors of a culture and a particular moment.
British Dictionary definitions for confluent

confluent

/ˈkɒnflʊənt/
adjective
1.
flowing together or merging
noun
2.
a stream that flows into another, usually of approximately equal size
Word Origin
C17: from Latin confluēns, from confluere to flow together, from fluere to flow
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Word Origin and History for confluent
adj.

late 15c., from Middle French confluent or directly from Latin confluentem (nominative confluens), present participle of confluere "to flow together" (see confluence). The noun meaning "a stream which flows into another" is from 1850.

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confluent in Medicine

confluent con·flu·ent (kŏn'flōō-ənt)
adj.

  1. Flowing together; blended into one.

  2. Merging or running together so as to form a mass, as sores in a rash.

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