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  • n. A flowing down; a running down.
  • n. A discharge or flowing of fluid matter, as from the nose in catarrh.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A discharge or flowing of humors or fluid matter, as from the nose in catarrh; -- sometimes used synonymously with inflammation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, a flowing, running, or falling of humors or fluid matter from an upper to a lower part of the body; a discharge or flowing off of humors: as, a defluxion from the nose or head in catarrh: sometimes used as synonymous with inflammation, from the increased flow of blood (hyperemia) to an inflamed part.


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Latin defluxio.


  • The horse “had a defluxion from the nose at the time of the bargain,” but McFarland “assured Newman it was no more than the ordinary distemper to which colts are subject.”

    A History of American Law

  • About the twenty-first, weight generally in the left side, with pain; slight urine thick, muddy, and reddish; when allowed to stand, had no sediment; in other respects felt lighter; fever not gone; fauces painful from the commencement, and red; uvula retracted; defluxion remained acrid, pungent, and saltish throughout.

    Of The Epidemics

  • You should put persons on a course of hellebore who are troubled with a defluxion from the head.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • For when a defluxion of cold phlegm takes place on the lungs and heart, the blood is chilled, and the veins, being violently chilled, palpitate in the lungs and heart, and the heart palpitates, so that from this necessity asthma and orthopnoea supervene.

    On The Sacred Disease

  • Such are the symptoms when the defluxion is upon the lungs and heart; but if it be upon the bowels, the person is attacked with diarrhoea.

    On The Sacred Disease

  • For it does not receive the spirits as much breath as he needs until the defluxion of phlegm be mastered, and being heated is distributed to the veins, then it ceases from its palpitation and difficulty of breathing, and this takes place as soon as it obtains an abundant supply; and this will be more slowly, provided the defluxion be more abundant, or if it be less, more quickly.

    On The Sacred Disease

  • When any of these things occur, the body immediately shivers, the person becoming speechless cannot draw his breath, but the breath (pneuma) stops, the brain is contracted, the blood stands still, and thus the excretion and defluxion of the phlegm take place.

    On The Sacred Disease

  • But should the defluxion make its way to the heart, the person is seized with palpitation and asthma, the chest becomes diseased, and some also have curvature of the spine.

    On The Sacred Disease

  • When in striplings the defluxion is small and to the right side, they recover without leaving any marks of the disease, but there is danger of its becoming habitual, and even increasing if not treated by suitable remedies.

    On The Sacred Disease

  • For it is melted down by the heat and diffusion of the but it is excreted by the congealing and contracting of it, and thus a defluxion takes place.

    On The Sacred Disease


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  • In addition to the definition above, defluxion means 1. a flowing or running down; 2. something that flows or runs down; 3. an effluence or emanation; 4. a falling off (of hair) (OEM).

    February 11, 2012

  • Usage on pyemia.

    December 31, 2009