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[ih-fyoo-zhuh n] /ɪˈfyu ʒən/
the act of effusing or pouring forth.
something that is effused.
an unrestrained expression, as of feelings:
poetic effusions.
  1. the escape of a fluid from its natural vessels into a body cavity.
  2. the fluid that escapes.
Physics. the flow of a gas through a small orifice at such density that the mean distance between the molecules is large compared with the diameter of the orifice.
Origin of effusion
1350-1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin effūsiōn- (stem of effūsiō), equivalent to ef- ef- + fūsion- fusion
Related forms
noneffusion, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for effusion
Historical Examples
  • The first sensation of Vaudemont on reading this effusion was delight.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The children greeted him with effusion, and when he sat down Tony sat on his knee.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • And Pierre, in the effusion of his triumph, poured out his heart to her.

  • "I don't think you like papa," said I once to her, in an effusion of confidence.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • Not dead; but the same as dead: effusion will carry him off some time to-morrow.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • She was in high good humour, and greeted Margaret with effusion.

    Three Margarets Laura E. Richards
  • I had the pleasure to put this effusion into type with my own hands.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • Of this effusion Cornelius made a dialogue which highly pleased Erasmus.

  • “It is always the way with these really great people, my dear,” she said with effusion.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • This effusion struck me as rather like cheek; but my mother seemed to like it.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for effusion


an unrestrained outpouring in speech or words
the act or process of being poured out
something that is poured out
the flow of a gas through a small aperture under pressure, esp when the density is such that the mean distance between molecules is large compared to the diameter of the aperture
  1. the escape of blood or other fluid into a body cavity or tissue
  2. the fluid that has escaped
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Word Origin and History for effusion

c.1400, "a pouring out," from Middle French effusion (14c.) and directly from Latin effusionem (nominative effusio) "a pouring forth," noun of action from past participle stem of effundere "pour forth, spread abroad," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + fundere "pour" (see found (v.2)). Figuratively, of speech, emotion, etc., from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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effusion in Medicine

effusion ef·fu·sion (ĭ-fyōō'zhən)

  1. The escape of fluid from the blood vessels or lymphatics into the tissues or a cavity.

  2. The fluid so escaped.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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