apheresis

[uh-fer-uh-sis for 1; af-uh-ree-sis for 2]
noun
1.
Also, aphaeresis. the loss or omission of one or more letters or sounds at the beginning of a word, as in squire for esquire, or count for account.
2.
Medicine/Medical. the withdrawal of whole blood from the body, separation of one or more components, and return by transfusion of remaining blood to the donor.

Origin:
1605–15; < Late Latin aphaeresis < Greek aphaíresis a taking away, equivalent to aphairé(în) to take away (ap- ap-2 + haireîn to snatch) + -sis -sis

apheretic [af-uh-ret-ik] , adjective
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apheresis or aphaeresis (əˈfɪərɪsɪs)
 
n
1.  the omission of a letter or syllable at the beginning of a word
2.  a method of collecting blood from donors that enables its different components, such as the platelets or plasma, to be separated out
 
[C17: via Late Latin from Greek, from aphairein to remove]
 
aphaeresis or aphaeresis
 
n
 
[C17: via Late Latin from Greek, from aphairein to remove]
 
apheretic or aphaeresis
 
adj
 
aphaeretic or aphaeresis
 
adj

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apheresis aph·e·re·sis (āf'ə-rē'sĭs)
n.
A procedure in which blood is drawn from a donor and separated into its components, some of which are retained, such as plasma or platelets, and the remainder returned by transfusion to the donor. Also called hemapheresis.

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Typically, you undergo two to four apheresis sessions, depending on how many stem cells are needed.
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