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

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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, "Phage Therapy Could Beat Drug-Resistant Illnesses," 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, "Dividing Droplets Could Explain Life’s Origin," 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 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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