confluent

[ kon-floo-uhnt ]
/ ˈkɒn flu ənt /

adjective

flowing or running together; blending into one: confluent rivers; confluent ideas.
Pathology.
  1. running together: confluent efflorescences.
  2. characterized by confluent efflorescences: confluent smallpox.

noun

one of two or more confluent streams.
a tributary stream.

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Origin of confluent

1425–75; late Middle English (<Middle French ) <Latin confluent- (stem of confluēns, present participle of confluere to flow together), equivalent to con-con- + flu- (stem of fluere to flow) + -ent--ent; see fluent, fluid
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British Dictionary definitions for confluent

confluent
/ (ˈkɒnflʊənt) /

adjective

flowing together or merging

noun

a stream that flows into another, usually of approximately equal size

Word Origin for confluent

C17: from Latin confluēns, from confluere to flow together, from fluere to flow
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Medical definitions for confluent

confluent
[ kŏnflōō-ənt ]

adj.

Flowing together; blended into one.
Merging or running together so as to form a mass, as sores in a rash.
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