trans·​fuse | \ tran(t)s-ˈfyüz How to pronounce transfuse (audio) \
transfused; transfusing

Definition of transfuse

transitive verb

1a : to transfer (fluid, such as blood) into a vein or an artery of a person or animal
b : to subject (a patient) to transfusion
2a : to cause to pass from one to another : transmit
b : to diffuse into or through : permeate sunlight transfuses the bay

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Other Words from transfuse

transfusible or transfusable \ tran(t)s-​ˈfyü-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce transfusable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of transfuse in a Sentence

The hospital staff transfuses more than 8,000 units of blood annually. a teacher who is able to transfuse his enthusiasm and passion for history to his students
Recent Examples on the Web Doctors then take the liquid part of the blood, called plasma, and transfuse it into the patient’s blood. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Plasma therapy successes stoke high hopes," 10 July 2020 Alvarado prepared to transfuse a unit of convalescent plasma into a patient. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Night Shift," 12 June 2020 The therapy is based on the idea, well documented in laboratory research, that transfusing plasma from patients who’ve recovered from a virus transfers its healing power. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Methodist study reports plasma therapy safe, helped three fourths of patients," 13 May 2020 Using convalescent plasma to transfuse antibodies into an ill patient is different from the antibody testing that is occuring globally. Sarah Ravani,, "In hopes of treatment, Santa Clara County hospitals transfuse plasma from recovered coronavirus patients," 12 May 2020 When transfused into a patient, the plasma hangs from an IV bag alongside the hospital bed. Erika Hayasaki, The Atlantic, "One Woman’s Quest to Donate Plasma to Her Husband," 5 May 2020 Zoom doesn’t have the functionality to transfuse blood. New York Times, "Coronavirus and the Cancer Patient," 8 Apr. 2020 March 25, 2020 An emergency investigational new drug, or e-IND, authorization is required to transfuse convalescent plasma into patients, but not to collect it from donors or distribute it. Jonel Aleccia, Los Angeles Times, "Blood centers begin collecting coronavirus antibodies from COVID-19 survivors," 2 Apr. 2020 Houston Methodist Hospital has transfused two Covid-19 patients with convalescent serum in recent days, according to James Musser, chairman of the department of pathology and genomic medicine there. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Coronavirus Survivors Keep Up the Fight, Donate Blood Plasma to Others," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of transfuse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for transfuse

Middle English, from Latin transfusus, past participle of transfundere, from trans- + fundere to pour — more at found

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21 Jul 2020

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“Transfuse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of transfuse

medical : to take (blood) from one person or animal and put it into another


transitive verb
trans·​fuse | \ tran(t)s-ˈfyüz How to pronounce transfuse (audio) \
transfused; transfusing

Medical Definition of transfuse

1 : to transfer (as blood) into a vein or artery of a human being or an animal
2 : to subject (a patient) to transfusion

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