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
dialyticplay \ˌdī-ə-ˈli-tik\ adjective
Recent Examples of dialysis from the Web
The job of the transportation broker is to arrange and oversee cab, van and bus rides that take sick and disabled children and adults to non-emergency medical appointments, such as chemotherapy, dialysis and mental-health counseling.
According to data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 69 percent of dialysis patients in California give their clinic a ranking of nine or 10 out of 10, and only 10 percent of patients rated their clinic at a six or below.
Later that month, Worrall allegedly gave Blaszczak confidential internal documents laying out a plan for Medicare to slash its pay rates for dialysis.
The average weight and blood pressure among diabetics fell, and fewer required dialysis or eye surgery, a costly side effect of unchecked diabetes.
If mental health were to stay, she would be forced to slash hospice, dialysis treatment and prescription medication for Medicaid recipients.
Rowe said he was moved with his earlier grant work seeing that cost concerns over health care were overriding the most basic issues of the kinds of care needed, such as dialysis.
Patients with aHUS, for instance, faced years of kidney dialysis treatments and sometimes succumbed to deadly blood clots before Soliris came to market.
In the dialysis unit, more than a dozen women in robes and traditional headscarves sat quietly on tattered easy chairs on a recent day as tubes carried blood from their arms into blue machines for filtering.
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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
First Known Use: 1861
DIALYSIS Defined for English Language Learners
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 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 hemodialysisb: a procedure performed in the peritoneal cavity in which the peritoneum acts as the semipermeable membrane—called also peritoneal dialysis
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