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 Osceola Regional Medical Center, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare’s North Florida Division, has started transfusing whole blood to resuscitate patients with severe traumatic hemorrhage at its Level II Trauma Center. Naseem S. Miller,, "Orlando Health acquires cardiology practice," 22 Aug. 2019 Patients need to be transfused with donors blood regularly, and even with these transfusions, complications can occur if the dose isn’t right and iron levels in the blood cells spike, which can lead to organ damage and even death. Time, "CRISPR Gene Editing Is Being Tested in Human Patients, and the Results Could Revolutionize Health Care," 6 Aug. 2019 Health care providers should monitor patients for sepsis when transfusing platelets, the CDC advised. Susan Scutti, CNN, "CDC investigates after 4 patients got sepsis from contaminated platelet transfusions," 13 June 2019 If testing their method of freeze-drying, rehydrating and transfusing red blood cells works in rats, the next step would be testing on larger animals such as pigs, Menze said. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "U of L researchers develop freeze-dried blood that could save soldiers and astronauts," 12 June 2019 Tamara Beckwith/The New York Post Steve Dunleavy, a hell-raising Australian who transfused his adrenaline into tabloid newspapers and television as a party crasher to American journalism, died on Monday at his home in Island Park, N.Y. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Steve Dunleavy, Brash Face of Murdoch Journalism, Dies at 81," 25 June 2019 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 17.2 million units of blood are transfused every year from 13.2 million donors in the United States. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Facebook will help blood drives in the United States reach willing donors," 12 June 2019 Red blood-cells are then mixed with an anticoagulant and transfused back into the donor. The Economist, "Bans on paying for human blood distort a vital global market," 10 May 2018 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

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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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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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