[ per-fyooz ]
/ pərˈfyuz /

verb (used with object), per·fused, per·fus·ing.

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.


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Origin of perfuse

1520–30; < Latin perfūsus, past participle of perfundere to drench, flood. See per-, fuse2


per·fu·sive [per-fyoo-siv] /pərˈfyu sɪv/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for perfuse

/ (pəˈfjuːz) /

verb (tr)

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 of perfuse

perfused, adjectiveperfusion, nounperfusionist, nounperfusive, adjective

Word Origin for perfuse

C16: from Latin perfūsus wetted, from perfundere to pour over, from per- + fundere to pour
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Medical definitions for perfuse

[ pər-fyōōz ]


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

Other words from perfuse

per•fusive (pər-fyōōsĭv) adj.
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