a flowing back; ebb; specif., regurgitation of food or gastric acid from the stomach to the esophagus
Origin of refluxMiddle English from Medieval Latin refluxus from past participle of Classical Latin refluere: see refluent
- A flowing back; ebb.
- Medicine Backflow, as of gastric acid into the esophagus.
- Chemistry The process of refluxing.
verbre·fluxed, re·flux·ing, re·flux·es Chemistry
To boil (a liquid) in a vessel attached to a condenser so that the vapors continuously condense for reboiling.
To be boiled in such a way.
Origin of refluxMedieval Latin reflūxus Latin re- re- Latin flūxus flow from past participle of fluere to flow ; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present refluxes, present participle refluxing, simple past and past participle refluxed)
- To boil a liquid in a vessel having a reflux condenser