efflux

noun
ef·​flux | \ ˈe-ˌfləks How to pronounce efflux (audio) \

Definition of efflux

1 : something given off in or as if in a stream
b : a passing away : expiration

Other Words from efflux

effluxion \ e-​ˈflək-​shən How to pronounce efflux (audio) \ noun

Examples of efflux in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The virus Chan selected latches on to what is known as an efflux pump on the bacterial cell wall. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2019 Zwicker discovered that this chemical influx and efflux will exactly counterbalance each other when an active droplet reaches a certain volume, causing the droplet to stop growing. Quanta Magazine, 19 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of efflux

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for efflux

Medieval Latin effluxus, from effluere

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“Efflux.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/efflux. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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efflux

noun
ef·​flux | \ ˈef-ˌləks How to pronounce efflux (audio) \

Medical Definition of efflux

1 : something that is given off in or as if in a stream the red-blood-cell sodium ion efflux
2 : the action or process of flowing or seeming to flow out the uptake and efflux of sodium ions

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