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verb (used with object), trans·fused, trans·fus·ing.
  1. to transfer or pass from one to another; transmit; instill: to transfuse a love of literature to one's students.
  2. to diffuse into or through; permeate; infuse.
  3. Medicine/Medical.
    1. to transfer (blood) into the veins or arteries of a person or animal.
    2. to inject, as a saline solution, into a blood vessel.
  4. Archaic. to pour from one container into another.
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Origin of transfuse

1375–1425; late Middle English transfusen < Latin trānsfūsus, past participle of trānsfundere to transfer by pouring. See trans-, fuse2
Related formstrans·fus·er, nountrans·fus·i·ble, trans·fus·a·ble, adjectivetrans·fu·sive [trans-fyoo-siv, -ziv] /trænsˈfyu sɪv, -zɪv/, adjectiveun·trans·fused, adjectiveun·trans·fus·i·ble, adjective
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verb (tr)
  1. to permeate or infusea blush transfused her face
    1. to inject (blood, etc) into a blood vessel
    2. to give a transfusion to (a patient)
  2. rare to transfer from one vessel to another, esp by pouring
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Derived Formstransfuser, nountransfusible or transfusable, adjectivetransfusive, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Latin transfundere to pour out, from trans- + fundere to pour
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Word Origin and History for transfuse


"to transfer by pouring," early 15c., from Latin transfusus, past participle of transfundere "pour from one container to another," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + fundere "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Related: Transfused; transfusing.

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transfuse in Medicine


  1. To administer a transfusion of or to.
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Related formstrans•fusa•ble adj.
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