transfuse

verb
trans·​fuse | \tran(t)s-ˈfyüz \
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 \ 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

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According to America’s Blood Centers — a separate group from the Red cross — 15 million pints of blood are transfused into people every year in the U.S. Who needs it? NBC News, "Red Cross seeks more blood with #MissingType campaign," 11 June 2018 In trauma situations, when there’s no time to check a patient’s blood type, emergency personnel reach for type O negative red blood cells and type AB plasma because they can be transfused to any patient, regardless of blood type. azcentral, "American Red Cross needs blood to meet summer demands," 25 Apr. 2018 Most of this comes from plasma-collection centres, where it is extracted from whole blood and the platelets and blood-cells are transfused back into the donor. The Economist, "Lift bans on paying for human-blood plasma," 12 May 2018 Because platelets must be transfused within five days of donation, there is a constant — often critical — need to keep up with hospital demand. azcentral, "American Red Cross needs blood to meet summer demands," 25 Apr. 2018 Smith said about the professionals who transport patients to a hospital and emergency staff that can transfuse blood and quickly patch severed vessels in the operating room. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Training can help people stop bleeding from traumatic injuries, experts say," 21 Apr. 2018 Recent research has shown that transfusing this mixture rather than individual components improves survival rates. The Economist, "Damage controlTrauma medicine has learned lessons from the battlefield," 12 Oct. 2017 A secondary benefit, of course, would be the ability to transfuse victims more quickly. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Sharp needles for the Cold War: Yes, some kids got tattooed with their blood type," 19 Aug. 2017 The girl, whose numerous health problems include cerebral palsy and epilepsy, suffered massive blood loss and was not fully transfused for some three hours after her birth, and suffered brain damage as a result, according to Ball. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "$23.1M malpractice verdict for family of Tinley Park girl who suffered brain damage at birth," 11 May 2017

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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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transfuse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of transfuse

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

transfuse

transitive verb
trans·​fuse | \tran(t)s-ˈfyüz \
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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