Definition of plasmapheresis
: a process for removing blood plasma without depleting the donor or patient of other blood constituents (as red blood cells) by separating out the plasma from the whole blood and returning the rest to the donor's or patient's circulatory system
Origin of plasmapheresis
New Latin, from plasm- + Greek aphairesis taking off — more at aphaeresis
First Known Use: 1914
Medical Definition of plasmapheresis
plural plas·ma·pher·e·ses \-ˌsēz\play
: apheresis used to remove blood plasma (as in the treatment of myasthenia gravis or in the collection of blood plasma for use in transfusion)
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