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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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 She was also given blood transfusions to ensure her white blood cell count was low enough for chemotherapy to be effective and safe. Anna Roberts, Fox News, "Mom blames self after newborn is diagnosed with cancer," 22 May 2018 One in every six blood transfusions comes from a teen in Arizona, far surpassing any other age group of donors. Chris Mccrory, azcentral, "United Blood Services: Red for Ed school closures could impact blood drives," 30 Apr. 2018 Today, treatment requires regular blood transfusions, which come with their own side effects that can be fatal over time. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Biotech Proposes Paying for Pricey Drugs by Installment," 8 Jan. 2019 Each year afterward, the insurer would pay down an additional 20%, but only if the treatment meets certain criteria, such as eliminating or reducing the number of transfusions. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Biotech Proposes Paying for Pricey Drugs by Installment," 8 Jan. 2019 But many older cases were caused by blood transfusions before testing for the virus existed. Michelle Andrews, Washington Post, "If You’ve Got Hep C, Spitting Can Be A Felony," 19 June 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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