plasmapheresis

plasmapheresis

[plaz-muh-fuh-ree-sis]
noun Medicine/Medical.
a type of apheresis in which blood cells are returned to the bloodstream of the donor and the plasma is used, as for tranfusion.

Origin:
1915–20; plasm- + apheresis

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plasmapheresis (ˌplæzməˈfɛrəsəs)
 
n
(in blood transfusion) a technique for removing healthy or infected plasma by separating it from the red blood cells by settling or using a centrifuge and retransfusing the red blood cells into the donor or patient
 
[C20: from plasm + Greek aphairesis taking away]

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plasmapheresis plas·ma·phe·re·sis (plāz'mə-fə-rē'sĭs, -fěr'ə-)
n.
A process in which plasma is taken from donated blood and the remaining components, mostly red blood cells, are returned to the donor.

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