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

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 To perfuse an organ is to supply it with fluid, usually blood or a blood substitute, by circulating it through blood vessels or other channels. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 10 June 2022 Recent research suggests that mycorrhizal networks also perfuse prairies, grasslands, chaparral and Arctic tundra — essentially everywhere there is life on land. New York Times, 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, 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, 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, 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, 12 Mar. 2018 At this point, the whole body was perfused with oxygenated blood. Lily Rothman, Time, 11 Dec. 2017 Genes were being expressed, proteins were being made, and the tissue was being perfused with oxygen-rich blood. Jeffrey Marlow, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2012 See More

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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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“Perfuse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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transitive verb
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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