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fluctuation

[fluhk-choo-ey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. continual change from one point or condition to another.
  2. wavelike motion; undulation.
  3. Genetics. a body variation due to environmental factors and not inherited.

Origin of fluctuation

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin fluctuātiōn- (stem of fluctuātiō) a fluctuation, wavering. See fluctuate, -ion
Related formsnon·fluc·tu·a·tion, noun
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fluctuation

noun
  1. constant change; vacillation; instability
  2. undulation
  3. a variation in an animal or plant that is determined by environment rather than heredity
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Word Origin and History for fluctuation

n.

mid-15c., from Middle French fluctuation (12c.) or directly from Latin fluctuationem (nominative fluctuatio) "a wavering, vacillation," noun of action from past participle stem of fluctuare "to undulate, to move in waves," from fluctus "wave, billow, surge," from past participle of fluere "to flow" (see fluent).

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