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[trans-fyooz] /trænsˈfyuz/
verb (used with object), transfused, transfusing.
to transfer or pass from one to another; transmit; instill:
to transfuse a love of literature to one's students.
to diffuse into or through; permeate; infuse.
  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.
Archaic. to pour from one container into another.
Origin of transfuse
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English transfusen < Latin trānsfūsus, past participle of trānsfundere to transfer by pouring. See trans-, fuse2
Related forms
transfuser, noun
transfusible, transfusable, adjective
[trans-fyoo-siv, -ziv] /trænsˈfyu sɪv, -zɪv/ (Show IPA),
untransfused, adjective
untransfusible, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for transfuse
  • There is no conventional doping test to spot when athletes transfuse their blood.
  • The glory they transfuse with fitting truth to speak.
  • Then they would transfuse donor bone marrow rich in the highly prized stem cells that are capable of generating new, normal blood.
  • Commonly, the decision of when to transfuse platelets is based on platelet number.
  • Therefore the transfusion of allogenic blood products mandates strategies to optimize the clinical decision to transfuse.
  • Finally, doctors transfuse the preserved stem cells back into the patient where they produce new and ideally healthy bone marrow.
  • It will be used to draw and transfuse blood, give medications, and infuse the donated stem cells.
British Dictionary definitions for transfuse


verb (transitive)
to permeate or infuse: a blush transfused her face
  1. to inject (blood, etc) into a blood vessel
  2. to give a transfusion to (a patient)
(rare) to transfer from one vessel to another, esp by pouring
Derived Forms
transfuser, noun
transfusible, transfusable, adjective
transfusive, 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

transfuse trans·fuse (trāns-fyōōz')
v. trans·fused, trans·fus·ing, trans·fus·es
To administer a transfusion of or to.

trans·fus'a·ble adj.
trans·fu'sive (-fyōō'sĭv, -zĭv) adj.
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