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Pronunciation: aw′tō-tranz-fyū′zhŭn


  1. Withdrawal and reinfusion or transfusion of the patient's own blood; commonly the patient's own blood is collected on several occasions over time to be reinfused during an operative procedure in which substantial blood loss is anticipated.
  2. In the acute setting, withdrawal of blood from a body cavity followed by intravenous reinfusion of the blood to maintain homeostasis.
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