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dialysis

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noun di·al·y·sis \dī-ˈa-lə-səs\

Simple Definition of dialysis

  • medical : the process of removing some of a person's blood, cleaning it, and then returning it to the person's body

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dialysis

plural

dialyses

play \-ˌsēz\
  1. 1 :  the separation of substances in solution by means of their unequal diffusion through semipermeable membranes; especially :  such a separation of colloids from soluble substances

  2. 2 :  the process of removing blood from an artery (as of a kidney patient), purifying it by dialysis, adding vital substances, and returning it to a vein —called also hemodialysis

dialytic

play \ˌdī-ə-ˈli-tik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of dialysis

New Latin, from Greek, separation, from dialyein to dissolve, from dia- + lyein to loosen — more at lose


First Known Use: 1861


Medical Dictionary

dialysis

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noun di·al·y·sis \dī-ˈal-ə-səs\

Medical Definition of dialysis

plural

dialyses

\-ˌsēz\play
  1. 1:  the separation of substances in solution by means of their unequal diffusion through semipermeable membranes; especially :  such a separation of colloids from soluble substances

  2. 2:  either of two medical procedures to remove wastes or toxins from the blood and adjust fluid and electrolyte imbalances by utilizing rates at which substances diffuse through a semipermeable membrane:a:  the process of removing blood from an artery (as of a kidney patient), purifying it by dialysis, adding vital substances, and returning it to a vein—called also hemodialysisb:  a procedure performed in the peritoneal cavity in which the peritoneum acts as the semipermeable membrane—called also peritoneal dialysis

dialytic

\ˌdī-ə-ˈlit-ik\play adjective



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