the action of a siphon.

1850–55; siphon + -age Unabridged
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siphon or syphon (ˈsaɪfən)
1.  a tube placed with one end at a certain level in a vessel of liquid and the other end outside the vessel below this level, so that atmospheric pressure forces the liquid through the tube and out of the vessel
2.  See soda siphon
3.  zoology any of various tubular organs in different aquatic animals, such as molluscs and elasmobranch fishes, through which a fluid, esp water, passes
4.  (often foll by off) to pass or draw off through or as if through a siphon
[C17: from Latin sīphō, from Greek siphōn siphon]
syphon or syphon
[C17: from Latin sīphō, from Greek siphōn siphon]
'siphonage or syphon
'siphonal or syphon
siphonic or syphon

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siphonage si·phon·age (sī'fə-nĭj)
The emptying of a cavity, such as the stomach, by means of a siphon.

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Example sentences
There are two types of backflow: back-siphonage and backpressure.
Because no external drain is necessary, the possibility of contamination through back-siphonage is eliminated.
There are two types of backflow: backpressure backflow and back-siphonage.
When the flow of water stops the air inlet valve falls and forms a check against back-siphonage.
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