One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Displacement of blood from the periphery of the body towards the heart and vital organs, especially by elevation or compression of the limbs; an instance of this.
2Transfusion of a person's own blood or blood products (either saved after a haemorrhage or removed and stored for later use, e.g. following surgery); an instance of this.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. From auto- + transfusion.
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