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[trans-fyoo-zhuh n] /trænsˈfyu ʒən/
the act or process of transfusing.
Medicine/Medical. the direct transferring of blood, plasma, or the like into a blood vessel.
Origin of transfusion
1570-80; < Latin trānsfūsiōn- (stem of trānsfūsiō) decanting, intermingling, equivalent to trānsfūs(us) (see transfuse) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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Examples from the web for transfusion
  • But doctors could not immediately give her a transfusion because she had signed a form refusing it on religious grounds.
  • Testing showed that he had received an illegal blood transfusion.
  • If the donor and patient aren't genetically similar enough, the patient's body will reject the transfusion.
  • The other half will get a routine treatment of transfusion with saline solution until they reach the hospital.
  • But even that amount is less than needed for one transfusion.
  • Necessarily there would be a need for financial transfusion from the centre for some poverty struck regions.
  • The steel refrigerator containing blood packets is close to empty, with only three packets ready for transfusion.
  • He is an intelligent guy who would not take the risk of having a blood transfusion.
  • Its time for you to undergo a full blood transfusion.
  • In the same way, an organ that is not matched can trigger a blood transfusion reaction or transplant rejection.
British Dictionary definitions for transfusion


the act or an instance of transfusing
the injection of blood, blood plasma, etc, into the blood vessels of a patient
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Word Origin and History for transfusion

1570s, "action of pouring liquid from one vessel to another," from Latin transfusionem (nominative transfusio), noun of action from transfusus (see transfuse). Sense of "transfering of blood from one individual to another" first recorded 1640s.

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transfusion in Medicine

transfusion trans·fu·sion (trāns-fyōō'zhən)

  1. The transfer of whole blood or blood products from one individual to another.

  2. The intravascular injection of physiological saline solution.

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transfusion in Science
The transfer of blood or a component of blood, such as red blood cells, plasma, or platelets, from one person to another to replace losses caused by injury, surgery, or disease. Donated blood products are tested for blood type and certain infectious diseases and stored in blood banks until they are used. The blood of the donor is shown to be histologically compatible, or crossmatched, with that of the recipient before transfusion. See more at Rh factor. See Note at blood type.
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