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diffuse

[ verb dih-fyooz; adjective dih-fyoos ]
/ verb dɪˈfyuz; adjective dɪˈfyus /
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verb (used with object), dif·fused, dif·fusing.
verb (used without object), dif·fused, dif·fusing.
to spread.
Physics. to intermingle by diffusion.
adjective
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Origin of diffuse

1350–1400; Middle English (<Anglo-French ) <Latin diffūsus spread, poured forth. See dif-, fuse2

OTHER WORDS FROM diffuse

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH diffuse

defuse, diffuse
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British Dictionary definitions for diffuse

diffuse

verb (dɪˈfjuːz)
adjective (dɪˈfjuːs)

Derived forms of diffuse

diffusely (dɪˈfjuːslɪ), adverbdiffuseness, noundiffusible (dɪˈfjuːzəbəl), adjectivediffusibility or diffusibleness, noun

Word Origin for diffuse

C15: from Latin diffūsus spread abroad, from diffundere to pour forth, from dis- away + fundere to pour

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Avoid confusion with defuse
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Medical definitions for diffuse

diffuse
[ dĭ-fyōōs ]

adj.
Not limited to one tissue or location; widespread.
v.
To spread or to be spread widely, as through a tissue.

Other words from diffuse

dif•fusi•ble (-fyōōzə-bəl) adj.
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