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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To pour (something) out of one vessel into another.
  • transitive v. To cause to be instilled or imparted: transfused a love of learning to her children.
  • transitive v. To diffuse through; permeate: a glade that was transfused with sunlight.
  • transitive v. Medicine To administer a transfusion of or to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To administer a transfusion.
  • v. To pour liquid from one vessel into another.
  • v. To diffuse or permeate through something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To pour, as liquid, out of one vessel into another; to transfer by pouring.
  • transitive v. To transfer, as blood, from the veins or arteries of one man or animal to those of another.
  • transitive v. To cause to pass from to another; to cause to be instilled or imbibed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pour out of one vessel into another; transfer by pouring.
  • In medicine, to transfer (blood) from the veins or arteries of one person to those of another, or from an animal to a person; also, to inject into a blood-vessel (other liquids, such as milk or saline solutions), with the view of replacing the bulk of fluid lost by hemorrhage or drained away in the discharges of cholera, etc.
  • To cause to pass from one to another; cause to be instilled or imbibed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pour out of one vessel into another
  • v. impart gradually
  • v. give a transfusion (e.g., of blood) to
  • v. treat by applying evacuated cups to the patient's skin

Etymologies

Middle English transfusen, to transmit, from Latin trānsfundere, trānsfūs-, to transfuse : trāns-, trans- + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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