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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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  • And the worst of it all is that these effusions written in the milk of human kindness have to be answered.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • In addition to these, there is another cause of the universality of these effusions.

  • All these effusions contained a more or less direct expression of homage towards Madame Arnoux.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert
  • So the paralysed woman had to accept the thanks and effusions that her heart repelled.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • Modest ladies proposed that he should publish their effusions as his own, and share the profits.

    Americans and Others Agnes Repplier
  • Therefore I read with a callous heart the effusions of the Belgian damsel.

    Wintry Peacock D. H. Lawrence
  • Already they had accepted and printed several of my effusions.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • But after these effusions he would be seized with furious joy.

    Child of a Century, Complete Alfred de Musset
  • Her mind being of a strictly religious caste, the effusions from her pen all savor of a highly moral and elevating tone.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • Why should I dwell upon the rage of fever, and the effusions of delirium?

    Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown
British Dictionary definitions for effusions


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 effusions



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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effusions 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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