[ suh-fyooz ]
/ səˈfyuz /

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

to overspread with or as with a liquid, color, etc.

Origin of suffuse

First recorded in 1580–90, suffuse is from the Latin word suffūsus (past participle of suffundere). See suf-, fuse2

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British Dictionary definitions for suffusion

/ (səˈfjuːz) /


(tr; usually passive) to spread or flood through or over (something)the evening sky was suffused with red

Derived forms of suffuse

suffusion (səˈfjuːʒən), nounsuffusive, adjective

Word Origin for suffuse

C16: from Latin suffūsus overspread with, from suffundere, from sub- + fundere to pour
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Medical definitions for suffusion

[ sə-fyōōzhən ]


The act of pouring a fluid over the body.
The condition of being wet with a fluid.
A spreading out of a body fluid from a vessel into the surrounding tissues.
The reddening of a surface.

Other words from suffusion

suf•fuse (-fyōōz) v.
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