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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Other Words from extracorporeal

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

Examples of extracorporeal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a last-ditch effort, a small number of patients who haven't improved with the support of ventilators have been treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, a type of life support that can support the function of the heart and lungs. Staff, ExpressNews.com, "Where we stand: What residents need to know about coronavirus in San Antonio," 21 May 2020 Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak The treatment, known as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO, is a form of life support that essentially takes the place of the heart and lungs, according to the American Thoracic Society. NBC News, "A 46-year-old doctor with coronavirus was critically ill but made startling recovery," 16 May 2020 Doctors soon realized a ventilator would not be enough and decided to place Viddal on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (also known as ECMO), said Dr. Ross Bremner, director of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Norton Thoracic Institute. Alyssa Stoney, azcentral, "'This virus nearly killed me': Chandler doctor survives coronavirus after 55 days in the hospital," 15 May 2020 The equipment, called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), uses pumps and tubes to remove blood from a patient, injects the blood with oxygen and returns the oxygenated blood to the body. oregonlive, "OHSU’s first coronavirus patient discharged after 2 months in the hospital," 15 May 2020 The only next step was extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, ECMO, where blood is sent through a machine to be refreshed with oxygen then put back into the body. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio: How a team, some luck and 46 days made Dan Pilder a COVID-19 survivor," 8 May 2020 On that day, Jose Jimenez was started on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO at Legacy Emanuel. oregonlive, "‘Long road ahead’ for Oregon nurse who received convalescent plasma to help treat coronavirus," 30 Apr. 2020 Called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, the technique siphons blood out of the patient, runs it through an oxygenator and pumps it back into the body. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "32 Days on a Ventilator: One Covid Patient’s Fight to Breathe Again," 26 Apr. 2020 In Nick's case, when even medications and a ventilator weren’t enough, he was given extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, which allowed his lungs to rest as a machine took over the job of filtering oxygen into his blood. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "A last resort against COVID-19," 26 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of extracorporeal

1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Extracorporeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extracorporeal. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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