[ kon-floo-uh nt ]
/ ˈkɒn flu ənt /


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


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for confluent

/ (ˈkɒnflʊənt) /


flowing together or merging


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

[ kŏnflōō-ənt ]


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