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artificial heart

any of various four-chambered devices, modeled on the human heart, that pump blood by attachment to a power source and that are constructed for temporary external use or for implantation as a temporary or permanent heart replacement. Unabridged
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  • The goal of building a safe artificial heart has frustrated bioengineers for more than four decades.
  • Doctors yesterday released an x-ray of the first recipient of the first self-contained artificial heart.
  • Emboli can originate from blood clots that form at the site of artificial heart valves.
  • Doctors try an unproven artificial heart, but the patient dies.
artificial heart in Medicine

artificial heart n.
A mechanical pump used to replace the function of a damaged heart, either temporarily or as a permanent internal prosthesis.

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