re flux


a flowing back; ebb.

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin refluxus. See re-, flux Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To re flux
World English Dictionary
reflux (ˈriːflʌks)
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
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

reflux re·flux (rē'flŭks')

  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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature