per·​fuse | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈfyüz How to pronounce perfuse (audio) \
perfused; perfusing

Definition of perfuse

transitive verb

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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Other Words from perfuse

perfusion \ (ˌ)pər-​ˈfyü-​zhən How to pronounce perfuse (audio) \ noun

Examples of perfuse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recent research suggests that mycorrhizal networks also perfuse prairies, grasslands, chaparral and Arctic tundra — essentially everywhere there is life on land. New York Times, "The Social Life of Forests," 2 Dec. 2020 That description includes massive amounts of invisible mass, known as dark matter, along with a peculiar repulsive force, called dark energy, perfusing all of space. Tom Siegfried, Scientific American, "Physicists Probe Validity of Einstein’s Gravity on Cosmic Scales," 21 Jan. 2020 The doctors procured other organs that had been identified for donation while the heart was perfused with a cold solution and removed. Allen Kim, CNN, "Doctors 'reanimate' heart for first-of-its-kind transplant in US," 3 Dec. 2019 Yet after being perfused with the experimental solution for six hours, many of those deteriorating and seemingly lifeless brain cells regained — at least temporarily — some of their normal structure and metabolic activity. Quanta Magazine, "Cellular Life, Death and Everything in Between," 8 July 2019 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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14 Dec 2020

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“Perfuse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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per·​fuse | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈfyüz How to pronounce perfuse (audio) \
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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