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v. dif·fused, dif·fus·ing, dif·fus·es
1. To cause to spread out freely: smoke that is diffused throughout the room.
2. To make known to or cause to be used by large numbers of people; disseminate: diffuses ideas over the internet.
3. To make less brilliant; soften: light that is diffused through frosted glass.
4. To make less intense; weaken: a remark that diffused the tension in the interview.
5. Physics To cause to undergo diffusion.
1. To become widely dispersed; spread out: The hormone diffuses throughout the body.
2. Physics To undergo diffusion.
adj. (dĭ-fyo͞os′)
1. Widely spread or scattered; not concentrated: Diffuse light is often hard to read by.
2. Wordy or unclear: a diffuse description. See Synonyms at wordy.

[From Middle English, dispersed, from Anglo-Norman diffus, from Latin diffūsus, past participle of diffundere, to spread : dis-, out, apart; see dis- + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.]

dif·fuse′ly (-fyo͞os′lē) adv.
dif·fuse′ness (-fyo͞os′nĭs) n.
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Adv.1.diffusely - in a diffuse manner; "the arteries were diffusely narrowed"
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References in classic literature ?
As he continued his harangue, however, Kory-Kory, in emulation of our more polished orators, began to launch out rather diffusely into other branches of his subject, enlarging probably upon the moral reflections it suggested; and proceeded in such a strain of unintelligible and stunning gibberish, that he actually gave me the headache for the rest of the day.
Grant's being so well settled in life without being handsome, and expressed her astonishment on that point almost as often, though not so diffusely, as Mrs.
"I can't give you Mumps, 'cause he'd break his heart to go away from me--eh, Mumps, what do you say, you riff-raff?" (Mumps declined to express himself more diffusely than by a single affirmative movement of his tail.) "But I'd get you a pup, Miss, an' welcome."
White, lacy plaques were seen diffusely embedded in the inflamed mucosal surfaces (figure).
Diffusely enlarged parotid glands with multicystic involvement were seen on ultrasound (Figure 1).
The soft palate and posterior pharynx, seen only with difficulty, were diffusely swollen, protruding anteriorly, and covered with exudate.
Clinical examination revealed a firm to hard, diffusely enlarged thyroid mass measuring - 12x10 cm.
These atypical glands were diffusely strongly positive for p63 in the secretory cells (ie, not in a basal cell distribution), negative for high-molecular-weight cytokeratin (HMWCK), and positive for [alpha]-methylacyl coenzyme A racemase (AMACR) (Figure 1, D).
The thyroid is diffusely enlarged, although nodules may be seen in longstanding or treated disease.
The left common carotid artery (Figure 3) and external carotid artery (Figure 4) were diffusely small, but with normal Doppler waveforms.
On histopathological examination, section showed sheets of diffusely infiltrating discohesive cells, completely obliterating the seminiferous tubules.
Immunohistochemical studies showed that the tumor cells in the primary ovarian mass were strongly and diffusely positive for cytokeratin 7 (Figure 2, A) and cytokeratin 8/18, including the spindle cells within