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[per-fyooz] /pərˈfyuz/
verb (used with object), perfused, perfusing.
to overspread with moisture, color, etc.; suffuse.
to diffuse (a liquid, color, etc.) through or over something.
Surgery. to pass (fluid) through blood vessels or the lymphatic system.
Origin of perfuse
1520-30; < Latin perfūsus, past participle of perfundere to drench, flood. See per-, fuse2
Related forms
[per-fyoo-siv] /pərˈfyu sɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to suffuse or permeate (a liquid, colour, etc) through or over (something)
(surgery) to pass (a fluid) through organ tissue to ensure adequate exchange of oxygen and carbon monoxide
Derived Forms
perfused, adjective
perfusion, noun
perfusionist, noun
perfusive, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin perfūsus wetted, from perfundere to pour over, from per- + fundere to pour
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Word Origin and History for perfusive



1520s, from Latin perfusus, past participle of perfundere "to pour over, besprinkle," from per- + fundere (see found (v.2)).

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perfusive in Medicine

perfuse per·fuse (pər-fyōōz')
v. per·fused, per·fus·ing, per·fus·es

  1. To pour or diffuse a liquid over or through something.

  2. To force blood or other fluid to flow from the artery through the vascular bed of a tissue or to flow through the lumen of a hollow structure.

per·fu'sive (pər-fyōō'sĭv, -zĭv) adj.
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