re flux

reflux

[ree-fluhks]
noun
a flowing back; ebb.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin refluxus. See re-, flux

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reflux (ˈriːflʌks)
 
vb
1.  chem to boil or be boiled in a vessel attached to a condenser, so that the vapour condenses and flows back into the vessel
 
n
2.  chem
 a.  an act of refluxing
 b.  (as modifier): a reflux condenser
3.  the act or an instance of flowing back; ebb
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin refluxus, from Latin refluere to flow back]

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reflux
c.1430, "a flowing back (of the sea, etc.)," from M.L. refluxus, from L. re- "back, again" + fluxus "a flowing" (see flux). Digestive sense is recorded from 1937.
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reflux re·flux (rē'flŭks')
n.

  1. A flowing back.

  2. The process of refluxing.

v. re·fluxed, re·flux·ing, re·flux·es
To boil a liquid in a vessel attached to a condenser so that the vapors continuously condense for reboiling.
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