ex·​tra·​cor·​po·​re·​al | \ ˌek-strə-kȯr-ˈpȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce extracorporeal (audio) \

Definition of extracorporeal

: occurring or based outside the living body the heart-lung machine maintains extracorporeal circulation during heart surgery

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extracorporeally \ ˌek-​strə-​kȯr-​ˈpȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce extracorporeally (audio) \ adverb

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But for each adult saved by this machine – dubbed ECMO, for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation – another adult hooked up to the equipment dies in the hospital. Melissa Bailey, USA TODAY, "Miracle medical machine ECMO makes heroic rescues, but leaves patients in limbo," 17 June 2019 Treatment might involve a procedure called extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), which is when sound waves are used to try to break up the stone. Korin Miller, SELF, "Simone Biles Went to the ER With a Kidney Stone—and Made It to the World Championships Finals the Next Day," 29 Oct. 2018 Lane was eventually placed on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine, which is used to help filter the blood and provide enough oxygen and is a common treatment method for severe cases of HPS, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Hantavirus—the Rare Illness That Killed a Woman in New Mexico," 2 May 2018 Florida Hospital Waterman in Lake County now offers extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, a life-support therapy for critically ill patients, which allows their lungs or heart to heal after severe injury. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando Health, Aetna offering local employers new narrow-network health plan," 25 Mar. 2018 Zei is on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO. kansascity, "She's on life support. She's walking. No one at Children's Mercy has done that before | The Kansas City Star," 21 Mar. 2018 The team then sent a specialist thoracic surgery team to put me on ECMO [Editor's note: extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which is dialysis for your blood and for your lungs]. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "What It's Like to Live With a Disease No One Understands: "There Was Barely Any Oxygen Getting to My Brain"," 9 Aug. 2016 Doctors can also use a procedure called extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), a non-invasive technique that uses sound waves to break the stone into bits that can then pass through your system. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Kidney Stone Symptoms and Causes That Everyone Needs to Know," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of extracorporeal

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of extracorporeal was in 1865

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ex·​tra·​cor·​po·​re·​al | \ -kȯr-ˈpōr-ē-əl, -ˈpȯr- How to pronounce extracorporeal (audio) \

Medical Definition of extracorporeal

: occurring or based outside the living body heart surgery employing extracorporeal circulation

Other Words from extracorporeal

extracorporeally \ -​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce extracorporeally (audio) \ adverb

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