countercurrent

noun
coun·​ter·​cur·​rent | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌkər-ənt How to pronounce countercurrent (audio) , -ˌkə-rənt\

Definition of countercurrent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a current flowing in a direction opposite that of another current

countercurrent

adjective
coun·​ter·​cur·​rent | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈkər-ənt How to pronounce countercurrent (audio) , -ˈkə-rənt\

Definition of countercurrent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : flowing in an opposite direction
2 : involving flow of materials in opposite directions countercurrent dialysis

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countercurrently adverb

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And while some countries have recently retreated from the world stage amid nationalist fervor, the ease of air travel has created a strong countercurrent of travelers looking to learn from other cultures. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Air travel is a huge contributor to climate change. A new global movement wants you to be ashamed to fly.," 1 Aug. 2019 Yet civilizing and mitigating countercurrents are at work beneath the surface. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "We’ve Grown Accustomed to Trump," 17 Oct. 2018 The divisive nominating contests have produced countercurrents of deep resentment in both parties. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, "Donald Trump Fires Corey Lewandowski, His Campaign Manager JUNE 20, 2016," 22 June 2016

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First Known Use of countercurrent

Noun

1684, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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countercurrent

noun
coun·​ter·​cur·​rent | \ ˈkau̇nt-ər-ˌkər-ənt, -ˌkə-rənt How to pronounce countercurrent (audio) \

Medical Definition of countercurrent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a current flowing in a direction opposite that of another current

countercurrent

adjective
\ ˌkau̇nt-ər-ˈ How to pronounce countercurrent (audio) \

Medical Definition of countercurrent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : flowing in an opposite direction
2 : involving flow of materials in opposite directions countercurrent dialysis the countercurrent system of the kidney

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