[ per-fyooz ]

verb (used with object),per·fused, per·fus·ing.
  1. to overspread with moisture, color, etc.; suffuse.

  2. to diffuse (a liquid, color, etc.) through or over something.

  1. 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

Other words from perfuse

  • per·fu·sive [per-fyoo-siv], /pərˈfyu sɪv/, adjective

Words Nearby perfuse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for perfuse


/ (pəˈfjuːz) /

  1. to suffuse or permeate (a liquid, colour, etc) through or over (something)

  2. surgery to pass (a fluid) through organ tissue to ensure adequate exchange of oxygen and carbon monoxide

Origin of perfuse

C16: from Latin perfūsus wetted, from perfundere to pour over, from per- + fundere to pour

Derived forms of perfuse

  • perfused, adjective
  • perfusion, noun
  • perfusionist, noun
  • perfusive, adjective

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