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back·flow

 (băk′flō′)
n.
A flow of fluid in the opposite direction of its regular flow.
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backflow

(ˈbækˌfləʊ)
n
a reverse flow, the movement (of a liquid) in the opposite direction to its previous, natural or intended direction
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back•flow

(ˈbækˌfloʊ)

n.
a flow of a liquid opposite to the usual or desired direction.
[1880–85]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.backflow - a flow that returns toward its source
flow, flowing - the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
regurgitation - backflow of blood through a defective heart valve
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