- 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.
Origin of perfuse
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Examples from the Web for perfused
So far is it from being an haemostatic that, if perfused through living blood-vessels, it actually dilates them.
- 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
C16: from Latin perfūsus wetted, from perfundere to pour over, from per- + fundere to pour
Word Origin and History for perfused
1520s, from Latin perfusus, past participle of perfundere "to pour over, besprinkle," from per- + fundere (see found (v.2)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
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