dialysis

noun di·al·y·sis \ dī-ˈa-lə-səs \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of dialysis

plural dialyses play \-ˌsēz\
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 : the process of removing blood from an artery (as of a patient affected with kidney failure), purifying it by dialysis, adding vital substances, and returning it to a vein called also hemodialysis

dialytic

play \ˌdī-ə-ˈli-tik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of dialysis

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


DIALYSIS Defined for English Language Learners

dialysis

noun

Definition of dialysis for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

dialysis

noun di·al·y·sis \ dī-ˈal-ə-səs \

medical Definition of dialysis

plural dialyses play \-ˌsēz\
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 : 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 hemodialysis
b : a procedure performed in the peritoneal cavity in which the peritoneum acts as the semipermeable membrane called also peritoneal dialysis

dialytic

play \ˌdī-ə-ˈlit-ik\ adjective


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