Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A flow to or toward an area, especially of blood or other fluid toward a body part: an afflux of blood to the head.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an upward rush of fluid
  • n. The rise in water level (above normal) on the upstream side of a bridge or obstruction caused when the effective flow area at the obstruction is less than the natural width of the stream immediately upstream of the obstruction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A flowing towards; that which flows to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of flowing to; a flow or flowing to; an accession: as, an afflux of blood to the head.

Etymologies

Medieval Latin affluxus, from Latin, past participle of affluere, to flow to; see affluent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • There is a huge afflux of new information in human genetics and epigenetics.

    Academia, Harvard Law School, and freedom of speech

  • When you have carried the bandage twice or thrice round at the seat of the fracture, it is to be carried upward, so that the afflux of blood into it may be stopped, and the bandage should terminate there, and the first bandages ought not to be long.

    On Fractures

  • In the latter instances, all afflux of nutriment and heat being prevented by the ligature, we see the testes and large fleshy tumours dwindle, die, and finally fall off.

    On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals

  • Second, that the afflux proceeds from the heart, and through the heart by a course from the great veins; for it gets into the parts below the ligature through the arteries, not through the veins; and the arteries nowhere receive blood from the veins, nowhere receive blood save and except from the left ventricle of the heart.

    On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals

  • And then, wherefore is there neither swelling nor repletion of the veins, nor any sign or symptom of attraction or afflux, above the ligature?

    On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals

  • Besides, the ligature is competent to occasion the afflux in question without either pain, or heat, or a vacuum.

    On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals

  • And would not quickness of sensation be an inconvenience to an animal that must lie still where chance has once placed it, and there receive the afflux of colder or warmer, clean or foul water, as it happens to come to it?

    God, Aids & Circumcision

  • He felt within him sources of suffering so numerous, diverse, and complicated, such an afflux of miseries, such inevitable tortures, he felt so lost, so far overwhelmed, from this moment, by a wave of unimaginable agony that he could not suppose anyone ever had suffered as he did.

    Strong as Death

  • Well! there are a certain number of organs which are vitiated by their lack, by their constitution, others which are vitiated by an excess of afflux.

    Balzac

  • Like the time Zeke knew everything about Dr. Blau, even his family secrets from the Great War, and the chief of staff explained it away as an afflux of the collective unconscious and ordered the old man shot up with depressants.

    In Other Worlds

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  • Flowing towards or together. (Luciferous Logolepsy)

    May 16, 2008