per·​fuse | \(ˌ)pər-ˈfyüz \
perfused; perfusing

Definition of perfuse 

transitive verb

1 : suffuse

2a : to cause to flow or spread : diffuse

b : to force a fluid through (an organ or tissue) especially by way of the blood vessels

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perfusion \ (ˌ)pər-​ˈfyü-​zhən \ noun

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In patients with longstanding diabetes, the blood vessels in the eye are already damaged and are preventing blood from perfusing the retina. Jewish Journal, "Taking a stand against hookah smoking on Passover, or anytime," 12 Mar. 2018 At this point, the whole body was perfused with oxygenated blood. Lily Rothman, Time, "50 Years Ago This Week: Inside the First Heart Transplant," 11 Dec. 2017 Genes were being expressed, proteins were being made, and the tissue was being perfused with oxygen-rich blood. Jeffrey Marlow, WIRED, "Why the Frontiers of Biology Might Be Inside a Computer Chip," 20 Nov. 2012

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First Known Use of perfuse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for perfuse

Middle English, from Latin perfusus, past participle of perfundere to pour over, from per- through + fundere to pour — more at found

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transitive verb
per·​fuse | \(ˌ)pər-ˈfyüz \
perfused; perfusing

Medical Definition of perfuse 

1 : suffuse the skin was perfused by blood

2a : to cause to flow or spread : diffuse

b : to force a fluid through (an organ or tissue) especially by way of the blood vessels perfuse a liver with salt solution

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