fluctuant

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adjective fluc·tu·ant \ ˈflək-chə-wənt , -chü-ənt \

Definition of fluctuant

1 :moving in waves
3 :being movable and compressible
  • a fluctuant abscess

First Known Use of fluctuant

1560


Medical Dictionary

fluctuant

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adjective fluc·tu·ant \ ˈflək-chə-wənt \

medical Definition of fluctuant

:movable and compressible used of abnormal body structures (as some abscesses or tumors)
  • the fluctuant mass in his abdomen
  • —Oliver Sacks

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