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 for infusion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Infusion \In*fu"sion\, n. [L. infusio a pouring in: cf. F.
     infusion. See Infuse, v. t.]
     1. The act of infusing, pouring in, or instilling;
        instillation; as, the infusion of good principles into the
        mind; the infusion of ardor or zeal.
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              Our language has received innumerable elegancies and
              improvements from that infusion of Hebraisms.
                                                    --Addison.
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     2. That which is infused; suggestion; inspiration.
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              His folly and his wisdom are of his own growth, not
              the echo or infusion of other men.    --Swift.
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     3. The act of plunging or dipping into a fluid; immersion.
        [Obs.] "Baptism by infusion." --Jortin.
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     4. (Pharmacy)
        (a) The act or process of steeping or soaking any
            substance in water in order to extract its active
            principles.
        (b) The liquid extract obtained by this process.
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                  Sips meek infusion of a milder herb. --Cowper.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  infusion
      n 1: a solution obtained by steeping or soaking a substance
           (usually in water) [syn: infusion, extract]
      2: the process of extracting certain active properties (as a
         drug from a plant) by steeping or soaking (usually in water)
      3: (medicine) the passive introduction of a substance (a fluid
         or drug or electrolyte) into a vein or between tissues (as by
         gravitational force)
      4: the act of infusing or introducing a certain modifying
         element or quality; "the team's continued success is
         attributable to a steady infusion of new talent"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  134 Moby Thesaurus words for "infusion":
     absorption and regurgitation, afflatus, affusion, animating spirit,
     animation, animus, aspergation, aspersion, baptism, baptismal gown,
     baptismal regeneration, baptistery, baptizement, brainwashing,
     brewing, catechization, chemical solution, chrismal, christening,
     concentrate, concentration, conditioning, dash, decoction,
     dictation, distillate, distillation, divine afflatus, drench,
     drenching, ducking, dunking, elixir, embedment, enlivenment,
     entrance, essence, exhilaration, expression, extract, extraction,
     fire, firing, font, genius, graft, grafting, hint, imbruement,
     imbuement, immersion, impaction, impactment, implantation,
     impregnation, impression, inculcation, indoctrination, infection,
     infiltration, infixation, infixion, injection, inkling,
     inoculation, insertion, insinuation, inspiration, instillation,
     instillment, interjection, interpenetration, interpolation,
     intimation, introduction, intromission, leach, leachate, leaching,
     lixiviation, lixivium, maceration, marination, mixture,
     moving spirit, penetration, percolation, perfusion, permeation,
     pervasion, pressing, pulping, purification, quintessence,
     refinement, reindoctrination, rendering, rendition, saturation,
     sauce, seasoning, seething, shade, smack, soak, soakage, soaking,
     solution, sopping, soupcon, souse, sousing, spice, spirit,
     sprinkling, squeezing, steeping, suffusion, suggestion, suspicion,
     taint, tempering, tessellation, thought, tinct, tincture, tinge,
     tint, total immersion, touch, trace, transplant, transplantation,
     vestige
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INFUSION, med. jur. A pharmaceutical operation, which consists in pouring a 
  hot or cold fluid upon a substance, whose medical properties it is desired 
  to extract. Infusion is also used for the product of this operation. 
  Although infusion differs from decoction, (q.v.) they are said to be 
  ejusdem generis; and in the case of an indictment which charged the prisoner 
  with giving a decoction, and the evidence was that he had given an infusion, 
  the difference was held to be immaterial. 8 Camp. R. 74. 
  
  

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