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heart-lung machine

[hahrt-luhng] /ˈhɑrtˈlʌŋ/
a device through which blood is shunted temporarily for oxygenation during surgery, while the heart or a lung is being repaired.
Origin of heart-lung machine
1955-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They're keeping a patient alive with a heart-lung machine right now, and they can't finish the job.

    Star Surgeon Alan Nourse
  • Ten minutes later he rose from the control table and threw the switch to stop the heart-lung machine.

    Star Surgeon Alan Nourse
  • Try to use local blocks as much as you can, and have the heart-lung machine ready well in advance.

    Star Surgeon Alan Nourse
British Dictionary definitions for heart-lung machine

heart-lung machine

a machine used to maintain the circulation and oxygenation of the blood during heart surgery
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heart-lung machine in Medicine

heart-lung machine n.
An apparatus through which the blood is temporarily diverted, especially during heart surgery, to oxygenate it and pump it throughout the body.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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heart-lung machine in Science
heart-lung machine  
An apparatus through which blood is temporarily diverted, especially during heart surgery, in order to oxygenate and pump it, thus maintaining circulation.
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