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reflux

[ree-fluhks] /ˈriˌflʌks/
noun
1.
a flowing back; ebb.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin refluxus. See re-, flux
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British Dictionary definitions for re flux

reflux

/ˈriːflʌks/
verb
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
noun
2.
(chem)
  1. an act of refluxing
  2. (as modifier): a reflux condenser
3.
the act or an instance of flowing back; ebb
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin refluxus, from Latin refluere to flow back
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Word Origin and History for re flux

reflux

n.

early 15c., "a flowing back (of the sea, etc.)," from Medieval Latin refluxus, from Latin re- "back, again" (see re-) + fluxus "a flowing" (see flux). Digestive sense is recorded from 1937.

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re flux in Medicine

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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