- to transfer or transmit by or as by causing to flow or be diffused
- to permeate, instill, imbue, infuse, etc.
- to transfer or introduce (blood, blood plasma, saline solution, etc.) into a blood vessel, usually a vein
- to give a transfusion to
Origin of transfuseMiddle English transfusen ; from Classical Latin transfusus, past participle of transfundere, to pour from one container into another ; from trans-, trans- + fundere, to pour: see found
transitive verbtrans·fused, trans·fus·ing, trans·fus·es
- To pour (something) out of one vessel into another.
- To cause to be instilled or imparted: transfused a love of learning to her children.
- To diffuse through; permeate: a glade that was transfused with sunlight.
- Medicine To administer a transfusion of or to: transfuse blood into a patient; transfuse a patient.
Origin of transfuseMiddle English transfusen, to transmit, from Latin transfundere, transf&umacron;s-, to transfuse : trans-, trans- + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
- trans·fus′i·ble, trans·fus′a·ble