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influent

[in-floo-uh nt] /ˈɪn flu ənt/
adjective
1.
flowing in.
noun
2.
a tributary.
3.
Ecology. a plant or animal that has an important effect on the biotic balance in a community.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin influent- (stem of influēns) inflowing. See in-2, fluent
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  • influent characteristics were generally similar to other typical treatment plants with weak influent.
  • All other inspection results were also within applicable effluent limits and influent overloading limits.
  • At the time of these first reports, no suitable methods were available for sewage influent, effluent and sludge.
  • Beryllium, nickel, and thallium were not present above detection limits in the treatment plant influent.
  • The influent and effluent sampling is used to calculate removal efficiencies in the development of local limits.
British Dictionary definitions for influent

influent

/ˈɪnflʊənt/
adjective
1.
flowing in
noun
2.
something flowing in, esp a tributary
3.
(ecology) an organism that has a major effect on the nature of its community
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Word Origin and History for influent
adj.

mid-15c., "abundant," in reference to occult power of the stars, etc., also of grace, from Latin influentem (nominative influens), present participle of influere "to flow in" (see influence).

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