Apheresis and Blood-Transfusion

Apheresis

Apheresis ( (aphairesis, “a taking away”)) is a medical technology in which the blood of a donor or patient is passed through an apparatus that separates out one particular constituent and returns the remainder to the circulation.

apheresis n 1: (linguistics) omission at the beginning of a word as in `coon' for `raccoon' or `till' for `until' [syn: {aphaeresis}] 2: a procedure in which blood is drawn and separated into its components by dialysis; some are retained and the rest are returned to the donor by transfusion [syn: {pheresis}]

Apheresis \A*pher"e*sis\ (?; 277), n. [L. aphaeresis, Gr. ?, fr. ? to take away; ? + ? to take.] 1. (Gram.) The dropping of a letter or syllable from the beginning of a word; e. g., cute for acute. [1913 Webster] 2. (Surg.) An operation by which any part is separated from the rest. [Obs.] --Dunglison. [1913 Webster] ||

Blood-Transfusion

Blood transfusion is the process of receiving blood products into one's circulation intravenously. Transfusions are used in a variety of medical conditions to replace lost components of the blood.

blood transfusion n : the introduction of blood or blood plasma into a vein or artery [syn: {transfusion}]

Data Sources:

  • apheresis: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • apheresis: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • blood-transfusion: WordNet (r) 2.0

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