tr.v. per·fused, per·fus·ing, per·fus·es
1. To coat or permeate with liquid, color, or light; suffuse.
2. To pour or diffuse (a liquid, for example) over or through something.
[Latin perfundere, perfūs-, to pour over : per-, per- + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
per·fusive (pər-fysĭv, -zĭv) adj.
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