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1. Subject to change or variation: variable: fluctuant oil prices.
2. Medicine Capable of being moved or compressed. Used of an abnormal mass such as a tumor or abscess.
3. Moving in waves.

[From Latin flūctuāns, flūctuant-, present participle of flūctuāre, to fluctuate; see fluctuate.]


inclined to vary or fluctuate; unstable


(ˈflʌk tʃu ənt)

1. fluctuating; varying; unstable.
2. moving or seeming to move in waves; undulating.
[1550–60; < Latin]
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When swelling is identified, it is important to consider the nature of the swelling: fluid is fluctuant, synovium boggy and compressible.
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Tennyson's putative amnesia maybe rather a function of the reader's ear and the poem's fluctuant decibel-meter; thus where critics talk about amnesia and its substrates (neurotic repression, compulsive repetition), I look instead to the line.
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But a more positive view seems also justified, in that to express so fluctuant a reality, an equally fluid language must be produced.
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Without therapeutic intervention, the disease typically progresses to form more fluctuant and more painful, subcutaneous nodules that resemble large furuncles.
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In short, pH of AYGG solution had little influence on adsorption in the range of investigation, possibly due to synergistic interaction of electrostatic force, [pi]-[pi] and hydrogen bond, and this phenomenon is favorable for the system with fluctuant pH values for dyes removal.