dialysis

noun
di·​al·​y·​sis | \dī-ˈa-lə-səs \
plural dialyses\-​ˌsēz \

Definition of dialysis 

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

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Other Words from dialysis

dialytic \ˌdī-​ə-​ˈli-​tik \ adjective

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Another that Sommers worked on showed that Medicaid actually saved lives for among patients with kidney disease who are starting dialysis. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah vote to expand Medicaid," 7 Nov. 2018 Inside lay 42-year-old Sandra Medina, another dialysis patient with diabetes and high blood pressure. Danica Coto, The Seattle Times, "A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death," 18 Sep. 2018 But health issues that included regular kidney dialysis were limiting. Sam Mellinger And Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Bud Lathrop, Ray South coaching legend and ‘One of the richest men in Raytown,’ dies at 82," 12 July 2018 But dialysis was tough on him and time was running out. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Man helped raise a girl and adopted her. She repays the kindness with a kidney.," 15 June 2018 Sometimes patients come to him after hearing that dialysis is their only hope for survival. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "1 doctor, 2,000+ kidney transplants. If surgeons kept stats, he’d be LeBron James.," 26 Apr. 2018 In some places, waiting time for a kidney, the organ most in demand, can stretch for years, with prospective recipients continuing to suffer through debilitating dialysis treatments. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "How to Provide Better Incentives to Organ Donors," 24 June 2018 That's starting to change, with a law Congress passed last winter that expands Medicare coverage for such options as video visits to diagnose stroke symptoms or check on home dialysis patients. chicagotribune.com, "Skyping the doctor? More older patients are embracing telemedicine," 31 May 2018 Gentry received two blood transfusions and was placed on dialysis, which purified her blood and prevented the further spread of her infection, allowing her to heal. Fox News, "Emotional moment mom meets her baby for first time after she went into septic shock during labor," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of dialysis

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dialysis

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

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dialysis

noun

English Language Learners 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

dialysis

noun
di·​al·​y·​sis | \dī-ˈal-ə-səs \
plural dialyses\-​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of dialysis 

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

Other Words from dialysis

dialytic \ˌdī-​ə-​ˈlit-​ik \ adjective

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