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reflux

noun re·flux \ ˈrē-ˌfləks \

Definition of reflux

1 a :a flowing back
2 :a process of refluxing or condition of being refluxed

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Origin and Etymology of reflux

Middle English, from Medieval Latin refluxus, from Latin re- + fluxus flow — more at flux


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reflux

verb re·flux \ ri-ˈfləks , ˈrē-ˌ \

Definition of reflux

transitive verb
:to cause to flow back or return; especially :to heat such that the vapors formed condense and return to be heated again
intransitive verb
:to flow back

First Known Use of reflux

1926


REFLUX Defined for English Language Learners

reflux

noun

Definition of reflux for English Language Learners

  • medical : a backward flow of the contents of the stomach into the esophagus that causes heartburn


Medical Dictionary

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reflux

noun re·flux \ ˈrē-ˌfləks \

medical Definition of reflux

1 a :a flowing back :regurgitation
  • reflux of gastric acid
  • mitral valve reflux
2 :a process of refluxing or condition of being refluxed
  • the sample was hydrolyzed…under reflux for 24 hours
  • —T. Y. Ho et al

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reflux

adjective

medical Definition of reflux

:of, relating to, involving, or caused by reflux
  • reflux esophagitis

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reflux

transitive verb

medical Definition of reflux

:to cause to flow back or return; especially :to heat (as under a reflux condenser) so that the vapors formed condense to a liquid that flows back to be heated again
intransitive verb
:to flow back
  • damage to the esophageal mucous membrane when gastric acid refluxed into the esophagus

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