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[suh-fyooz] /səˈfyuz/
verb (used with object), suffused, suffusing.
to overspread with or as with a liquid, color, etc.
Origin of suffuse
First recorded in 1580-90, suffuse is from the Latin word suffūsus (past participle of suffundere). See suf-, fuse2
Related forms
[suh-fyoozd-lee, -fyoo-zid-] /səˈfyuzd li, -ˈfyu zɪd-/ (Show IPA),
[suh-fyoo-zhuh n] /səˈfyu ʒən/ (Show IPA),
[suh-fyoo-siv] /səˈfyu sɪv/ (Show IPA),
unsuffused, adjective
unsuffusive, adjective
cover, pervade, diffuse, bathe, flood. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for suffusion
Historical Examples
  • His quick look at her she remembered, and the suffusion on his burnt face.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Melanism: an abnormal or unusual darkening: a suffusion with blackish.

  • suffusion: a clouding, or a spreading of one shade over another.

  • Thus only can we achieve the suffusion of vision of the happy inebriate.

  • Possibly from the suffusion of blood to the face caused by it.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • And the glory of these was deepened by the suffusion of their sparkle with a tender mist of tears.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • But now, when she opened her eyes, the suffusion still lingered.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • This time the suffusion on her cheeks was not in the least doubtful.

    Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
  • The suffusion of the brain will increase quickly, so we must trephine at once or it may be too late.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • However, all this swelling and suffusion of blood is a good sign.

    Through the Fray G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for suffusion


(transitive; usually passive) to spread or flood through or over (something): the evening sky was suffused with red
Derived Forms
suffusion (səˈfjuːʒən) noun
suffusive, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin suffūsus overspread with, from suffundere, from sub- + fundere to pour
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Word Origin and History for suffusion

late 14c., from Latin suffusionem (nominative suffusio) "a pouring over," from suffusus, past participle of suffundere "pour upon, overspread, suffuse," from sub "under" + fundere "to pour" (see found (v.2)).



1580s, from Latin suffusus, past participle of suffundere (see suffusion). Related: Suffused; suffusing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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suffusion in Medicine

suffusion suf·fu·sion (sə-fyōō'zhən)

  1. The act of pouring a fluid over the body.

  2. The condition of being wet with a fluid.

  3. A spreading out of a body fluid from a vessel into the surrounding tissues.

  4. The reddening of a surface.

suf·fuse' (-fyōōz') v.
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