Definition of incurrent in English:



  • (of a vessel or opening) conveying fluid inwards.

    The opposite of excurrent
    • ‘Water is drawn through the incurrent siphon into the infrabranchial chamber, filtered through the gills into the suprabranchial chamber and is expelled through the excurrent siphon.’
    • ‘Amplification of persisting papillomavirus or polyomavirus DNA sequences by incurrent infections with herpes simplex of cytomegaloviruses may also contribute to the emergence of malignant tumors.’
    • ‘However, there exists no test to define whether these openings are subdermal cavities and part of the incurrent system, or secondary oscula that were part of the excurrent system.’
    • ‘Concurrent with this, the entire pectinirhomb becomes greatly protuberant along a large, thinwalled ridge spanning the incurrent and excurrent half rhombs.’
    • ‘Water containing minute food particles is admitted through the incurrent siphon into the pharyngeal basket.’


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘falling within (a period’)): from Latin incurrent- running in, from the verb incurrere (see incur).