transfusion, blood

The injection of blood received from a donor into the bloodstream of another individual having a compatible blood type. A person may need a blood transfusion if a great deal of blood has been lost through surgery or trauma.

Nearby words

  1. transformism,
  2. transformist,
  3. transfuse,
  4. transfusion,
  5. transfusion nephritis,
  6. transfusive,
  7. transgender,
  8. transgendered,
  9. transgene,
  10. transgenesis


If the blood supply is contaminated, diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS can be passed to someone who receives a blood transfusion.

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