Definition of reflux in English:

reflux

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noun

  • 1Medicine
    The flow of a fluid through a vessel or valve in the body in a direction opposite to normal.

    ‘the majority of leg ulcer patients are elderly with simple superficial vein reflux’
    • ‘the main culprit is bile reflux, a backup of digestive fluid that is supposed to remain in the small intestine.’
    • ‘Two-thirds of patients tested positive for bile reflux into the esophagus.’
    • ‘The patented valve is designed to reduce blood reflux on the inside of the catheter.’
    • ‘An extensive tube enables the practitioner to see blood reflux during puncture.’
    • ‘There are many causes of kidney failure such as cysts, inflammation, and reflux of urine from the bladder.’
    • ‘Infections in the mouth, chronic reflux of stomach acids, and metabolic disorders can also cause bad breath.’
    • ‘Doctors suspect some patients may be suffering from a reflux of bile.’
    • ‘The reflux of acids from the stomach damages the lining of the esophagus and can cause major health problems.’
    • ‘Several studies have been published on the reflux of pancreatic juice into the bile duct.’
    • ‘Stomach inflammation can also be caused by bile reflux when backflow of bile from the bile tract into the stomach occurs.’
    • ‘The symptoms of bile reflux include all the classic symptoms of heartburn, but the pain is often more intense.’
    1. 1.1A condition in which acidic gastric fluid overflows into the esophagus, resulting in heartburn.
      ‘knowing which foods cause reflux is crucial in alleviating symptoms’
      • ‘patients with reflux esophagitis’
    2. 1.2(in a baby after feeding) the regurgitation of the contents of the stomach into the mouth.
      ‘babies are prone to reflux because they have tiny stomachs’
      • ‘Reflux is very common in babies and is more likely if your baby lies down straight after a feed.’
      • ‘If your baby is crying a lot when laying flat or vomiting a lot when feeding your doctor may suggest your baby has got reflux.’
      • ‘Reflux normally stops by the time a baby is a year old.’
      • ‘I literally couldn't put the baby down because of his reflux, which meant that showering, getting dressed, even going to the bathroom was an issue.’
      • ‘The vivacious schoolboy suffered from serious reflux as a baby that damaged his vocal cords.’
      • ‘The chiropractor was attempting to treat the premature baby's reflux and colic.’
      • ‘My baby suffered with reflux, he never slept, we were always tired, we didn't have any time for cooking, and it was really hard work.’
      • ‘One reason that infants are prone to reflux is the immature anatomy of the infant.’
      • ‘Though sleep wedges and related sleep positioners have previously been sold to use in infants with reflux, this practice is not currently recommended.’
      • ‘Lots of mums call us for sleep and settling issues, and about 75 per cent of those are for babies or infants suffering from reflux.’
  • 2Chemistry
    The process of boiling a liquid so that any vapor is liquefied and returned to the stock.

    • ‘the mixture was heated at reflux under nitrogen’

Pronunciation

reflux

/ˈrēˌfləks/ /ˈriˌfləks/

verb

  • 1Medicine
    no object, with adverbial of direction (of a fluid) flow backwards through a vessel or valve in the body.

    • ‘acidic secretions of the stomach can reflux back upwards’
  • 2Chemistry
    Boil or cause to boil in circumstances such that the vapor returns to the stock of liquid after condensing.

    no object ‘the liquid is allowed to reflux until the thermometer records the lowest temperature possible’
    • ‘the solutions were refluxed for 9–12 hours’

Pronunciation

reflux

/ˈrēˌfləks/ /ˈriˌfləks/

Origin

Middle English from re- and flux.