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

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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 Arizona's largest hospital system warned over the past week that its intensive care units are filling up, ventilator use was on the rise and capacity was reached for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation treatment. Rachel Leingang, USA TODAY, "Arizona's COVID-19 spread is 'alarming' and action is needed, experts warn," 11 June 2020 Arizona's largest hospital system warned over the past week that its intensive care units are filling up, ventilator use was on the rise and capacity was reached for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation treatment. Rachel Leingang, USA TODAY, "Arizona's COVID-19 spread is 'alarming' and action is needed, experts warn," 11 June 2020 Banner Health also recently reached capacity for patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Arizona health department orders hospitals to activate emergency coronavirus plans after spike in cases," 9 June 2020 Arizona's largest hospital system warned over the past week that its intensive care units are filling up, ventilator use was on the rise and capacity was reached for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation treatment. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Arizona COVID-19 spread is increasing and action is needed, experts warn," 9 June 2020 On Saturday morning, officials with Banner Health notified the Arizona centralized COVID-19 surge line that Banner hospitals are unable to take any new patients needing ECMO — extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Arizona's largest health system reaches capacity on ECMO lung machines as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to climb," 6 June 2020 With nothing else to try, doctors turned to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO, a complicated technique that's not widely available in the United States. Dr. Sanjay Gupta And Nicole Chavez, CNN, "A ventilator wasn't enough to treat him for Covid-19. This machine became his last chance for survival," 27 May 2020 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

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First Known Use of extracorporeal

1865, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jul 2020

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“Extracorporeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extracorporeal. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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 extracorporeally (audio) \ adverb

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