One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(with reference to a fluid) discharge or be discharged gradually through pores in a membrane, especially within the body.
ooze, trickle, exude, drip, dribble, flow, issue, discharge, excrete, escape, leak, drain, bleed, sweat, well, leach, filter, percolate, permeate, soakView synonyms
- ‘This condition is due to haemorrhages into the stroma of the iris, the fluid part of the blood transuding into the anterior chamber.’
- ‘It is given by injection and stimulates serum IgM, IgG, and IgA, but not secretory IgA, immunity being induced by antibody transuding into the oropharynx.’
- ‘Alternatively, serum antibody may be transuded into tracheal secretion or reach mucosal surface in inflammatory exudates.’
- ‘In animals with normal plasma protein concentrations fluid began to transude into the lungs when the left atrial pressure rose above an average of 24 mm.’
Mid 17th century: from French transsuder (in Old French tressuer), from Latin trans- ‘across’ + Latin sudare ‘to sweat’.
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