WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
per•fuse  (pər fyo̅o̅z), 
v.t., -fused, -fus•ing. 
  1. to overspread with moisture, color, etc.; suffuse.
  2. to diffuse (a liquid, color, etc.) through or over something.
  3. Surgery[Surg.]to pass (fluid) through blood vessels or the lymphatic system.
Etymology:
  • Latin perfūsus, past participle of perfundere to drench, flood. See per-, fuse2
  • 1520–30
per•fu•sive  (pər fyo̅o̅siv), 
adj. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

perfuse /pəˈfjuːz/ vb (transitive)
  1. to suffuse or permeate (a liquid, colour, etc) through or over (something)
  2. to pass (a fluid) through organ tissue to ensure adequate exchange of oxygen and carbon monoxide
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin perfūsus wetted, from perfundere to pour over, from per- + fundere to pour

perˈfused adj perˈfusion n perˈfusionist n perˈfusive adj



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