Definition of transfuse in English:



  • 1Medicine
    Transfer (blood or its components) from one person or animal to another.

    • ‘Intraoperatively the patient demonstrated a diffuse coagulopathy and was transfused with fresh blood.’
    • ‘The products included all categories of red blood cells, platelets, and plasma (including cryoprecipitate), as well as autologous whole blood transfused into adult patients.’
    • ‘As a result, the program has been expanded to offer this technique to anyone who might otherwise be transfused with allogenic blood.’
    • ‘If your child needs to be transfused with blood products, the infusions will take place in the infusion room.’
    • ‘He was transferred to the intensive care unit and was transfused 12 units of blood over the next 48 hours.’
    1. 1.1Inject (liquid) into a blood vessel to replace lost fluid.
      • ‘Probably 40% of the people I saw were either transfusing saline or using a blood transfusion.’
      • ‘At least 20 teachers became ill and were transfused saline during the hunger strike, according to the strikers.’
      • ‘In few cases during perioperative period, the anesthesiologist has to transfuse fluid rapidly to restore the intravascular volume and save the patient from impending hypovolumic shock.’
      instil, infuse, inject, impart, imbue with, transfuse
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  • 2Cause (something or someone) to be permeated or infused by something.

    ‘we became transfused by a radiance of joy’
    • ‘Yet the device which makes the main space so ethereal is the west wall, 30m square, and designed to transmute day and sunlight into the luminous blue which transfuses the whole place.’
    • ‘The technique transfused her ego with indirect suggestions of being elegant, refined, and of possessing discriminating taste, sophistication, prestige, and elitist status.’
    • ‘The prehistory of this form is obscure, and Stesichorus seems to have no successors: perhaps this was a unique attempt to transfuse epic material into a new medium.’


Late Middle English (in the sense cause to pass from one person to another): from Latin transfus- poured from one container to another from the verb transfundere, from trans- across + fundere pour.