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[per-fyooz] /pərˈfyuz/

verb (used with object), perfused, perfusing.
to overspread with moisture, color, etc.; suffuse.
to diffuse (a liquid, color, etc.) through or over something.
Surgery. to pass (fluid) through blood vessels or the lymphatic system.
verb (transitive)
to suffuse or permeate (a liquid, colour, etc) through or over (something)
(surgery) to pass (a fluid) through organ tissue to ensure adequate exchange of oxygen and carbon monoxide

1520s, from Latin perfusus, past participle of perfundere “to pour over, besprinkle,” from per- + fundere (see found (v.2)).

perfuse per·fuse (pər-fyōōz’)
v. per·fused, per·fus·ing, per·fus·es

per·fu’sive (pər-fyōō’sĭv, -zĭv) adj.


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