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fluctuant

(flŭk′cho͞o-ənt)
adj.
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.
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fluctuant

The property of yielding to alternate pressure by palpating fingers so as to suggest that the area being felt contains fluid. Fluctuation is often exhibited by a swelling. When an abscess, for instance, has fully developed, it tends to become fluctuant.
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