confluent

[ kon-floo-uh nt ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. conflicted,
  2. conflicting,
  3. conflictual,
  4. confluence,
  5. confluence of sinuses,
  6. confluent and reticulate papillomatosis,
  7. confocal,
  8. confocal microscope,
  9. conform,
  10. conformable

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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Word Origin and History for confluent

confluent

adj.

late 15c., from Middle French confluent or directly from Latin confluentem (nominative confluens), present participle of confluere "to flow together" (see confluence). The noun meaning "a stream which flows into another" is from 1850.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine 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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