plasmapheresis


plas·ma·phe·re·sis

noun \ˌplaz-mə-fə-ˈrē-səs, -ˈfer-ə-səs\

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

plas·ma·pher·e·sis

noun \ˌplaz-mə-ˈfer-ə-səs, -fə-ˈrē-səs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural plas·ma·pher·e·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of PLASMAPHERESIS

: 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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