extracorporeal

adjective
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

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 There’s also growing interest in using a technique called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, for patients who can’t be resuscitated, in order to preserve their organs for transplantation. Wired, 5 Aug. 2022 The next step was an artificial-heart-and-lung machine known familiarly as ECMO — short for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Their lungs simply cannot heal without mechanical ventilation or other intensive care, such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. NBC News, 16 Apr. 2022 And, he had been placed on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine, a device that pumps blood out of the body to give the vital organs time to recuperate during intense bodily stress. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, 10 Jan. 2022 One doctor called every hospital in the Pacific Northwest trying to find an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine — better known as ECMO — to help serve as an artificial lung for the 47-year-old, whose condition was continuing to deteriorate. oregonlive, 26 Nov. 2021 There, she was connected to an extracorporeal life support machine (ECMO), as her lungs were unable to produce enough oxygen to keep herself and her baby alive. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 5 Nov. 2021 All seven patients who died of Covid and all of the 13 patients who received a last-ditch treatment called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation were unvaccinated, according to the findings. Robert Langreth, Fortune, 13 Jan. 2022 Medical staff ultimately decided to put Ivan on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation , or ECMO, machine — a type of life support that bypasses the lungs by pumping oxygen directly into the blood and filtering out carbon dioxide. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of extracorporeal

1865, in the meaning defined above

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8 Aug 2022

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“Extracorporeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extracorporeal. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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extracorporeal

adjective
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

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