- to make or hold motionless with amazement, awe, terror, etc.
- to pierce through with or as if with a pointed weapon; impale.
- to hold or fasten with or on something that pierces.
Origin of transfix
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Examples from the Web for transfixion
During the transfixion care must be taken not to prick the bowel with the needle.
"Transfixion" knives are of service when engaged upon very large animals, and here also come in the post-mortem hooks.Practical Taxidermy
Making the long flap by transfixion, it may be held back by an assistant, and the joint cut into.
This may be made by transfixion at its base, but is better obtained by dissection from without.
In cases of iris bomb where iritis is still present, and in cases of cysts of the iris, transfixion is all that is necessary.
- to render motionless, esp with horror or shock
- to impale or fix with a sharp weapon or other device
- med to cut through (a limb or other organ), as in amputation
Word Origin and History for transfixion
1580s, "pierce through, impale," from Middle French transfixer, from Latin transfixus "impaled," past participle of transfigere "to impale, pierce through," from trans- "through" (see trans-) + figere "to fix, fasten" (see fix (v.)). Figurative sense of "make motionless or helpless, as with amazement, terror, or grief" is first recorded 1640s. Related: Transfixed; transfixing.
- In amputation, passing the knife from side to side through tissues close to the bone and dividing muscles from within outward.