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The pouring of water upon the head of a person being baptized. Practiced already in the first century, it is the most common form of baptismal ritual in the Western Church today. The term also applies to the creative act of God by which he unites the rational soul with the body at the moment of the conception of a human being. (Etym. Latin in-, in + fundere, to pour: infusio, a pouring into.)