transfusion

noun
trans·​fu·​sion | \ tran(t)s-ˈfyü-zhən How to pronounce transfusion (audio) \

Definition of transfusion

1 : an act, process, or instance of transfusing especially : the process of transfusing fluid (such as blood) into a vein or artery
2 : something transfused

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Other Words from transfusion

transfusional \ tran(t)s-​ˈfyüzh-​nəl How to pronounce transfusional (audio) , -​ˈfyü-​zhə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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When blood transfusions were first attempted by Europeans in the early 1600s, they were met with skepticism, since the established practice was to bleed patients, not transfuse them with blood. Some patients were transfused with animal blood, and so many died as a result that by 1700 transfusions had been widely outlawed. Not until 1900 were the major blood groups (A, B, AB, and O) recognized, making transfusions safe and effective.

Examples of transfusion in a Sentence

Without a transfusion her chances of survival were slim.

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Of 17 million blood transfusions in 2017, 37 patients died as a direct result, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News, "No one should die from a blood transfusion. So why did it happen at MD Anderson, the nation's top cancer hospital?," 26 June 2019 But recipients can’t take just any blood: For a transfusion to be successful, the patient and donor blood types must be compatible. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: The science of false confessions, transforming blood types, and Brazil’s war on drugs," 14 June 2019 The catalyst was working with Ryan White, an Indiana teenager who contracted HIV/AIDS following a blood transfusion. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "18 Things You Didn't Know About Rocketman, But Need To," 5 June 2019 But the government scrutiny of St. Luke’s broadened a few months later, when a patient died in the emergency room after staff used the wrong blood type during a transfusion. Mike Hixenbaugh, ProPublica, "Blistering Report Details Serious Safety Lapses at St. Luke’s in Houston," 17 May 2019 And blood transfusions increase the number of red blood cells that transfer oxygen to muscles. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte broke doping rules. It happens far more than you think.," 24 July 2018 In small studies, the drug has helped keep many patients free from blood transfusions entirely, and significantly reduced their frequency in others. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Biotech Proposes Paying for Pricey Drugs by Installment," 8 Jan. 2019 To speed his recovery, doctors prescribed two blood transfusions. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘Arthur Ashe’ Review: A Hard Road to Glory," 17 Aug. 2018 His work attracted moderate attention— a successful blood transfusion was made using his work in New York in 1907, a far cry from the milk days. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Different Blood Types Mean (And How To Find Out Yours)," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of transfusion

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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transfusion

noun
trans·​fu·​sion | \ trans-ˈfyü-zhən How to pronounce transfusion (audio) \

Kids Definition of transfusion

1 : the process of passing a fluid (as blood) into a vein of a person or animal
2 : the act of giving something a fresh supply The club needs a transfusion of new members.

transfusion

noun
trans·​fu·​sion | \ tran(t)s-ˈfyü-zhən How to pronounce transfusion (audio) \

Medical Definition of transfusion

1 : the process of transfusing fluid (as blood) into a vein or artery
2 : something transfused

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