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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from extracorporeal

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

Examples of extracorporeal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was ultimately transferred to Houston Methodist, where he was put on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine to pump and oxygenate his blood for him. Gina Sunseri, ABC News, 16 June 2021 Some of them needed heart-lung bypass machines, known as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, to survive. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 3 June 2021 The machine — called ECMO, for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation — is a last resort. Denise Grady, New York Times, 3 June 2021 In cases like Jackson's, doctors use technology called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a lung bypass machine, redirecting blood outside the body so the lungs have time to heal. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 Only nine of the hospitals had extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines, which artificially add oxygen into the bloodstream of severely ill patients when a ventilator alone is not enough. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, 21 May 2021 On Monday, Liu said, a 34-year-old patient went on a heart-lung bypass machine known as ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) to give the body time to rest, and was transferred to a nearby hospital that specializes in that treatment. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 25 Apr. 2021 He was put on an ECMO machine, giving him extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. al, 25 Mar. 2021 At the Detroit hospital, Dennis was considered to be placed on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine — also known as ECMO — which is a heart-lung machine used to help lungs recover after a bad infection, like COVID-19. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'extracorporeal.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of extracorporeal

1865, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About extracorporeal

Time Traveler for extracorporeal

Time Traveler

The first known use of extracorporeal was in 1865

See more words from the same year

Statistics for extracorporeal

Last Updated

21 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Extracorporeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extracorporeal. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for extracorporeal


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 extracorporeal (audio) \ adverb


Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!