heart-lung machine

noun

Definition of heart-lung machine

: a mechanical pump that maintains circulation during heart surgery by shunting blood away from the heart, oxygenating it, and returning it to the body

Examples of heart-lung machine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By Tuesday, doctors were able to take him off the heart-lung machine. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Bennett had been on a heart-lung machine for months before the transplant, leaving him very weak. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 On Monday, Bennett was breathing on his own but still connected to a heart-lung machine. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 As of Monday, Bennett was breathing on his own while still connected to a heart-lung machine to help his new heart. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Jan. 2022 He was put on a heart-lung machine called ECMO, for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, as surgeons debated doing a rare procedure to remove his clots. David Wahlberg, Star Tribune, 10 July 2021 In addition to the ventilator, Kelsey now needed the assistance of a heart-lung machine known as ECMO. Mark Johnson, jsonline.com, 18 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 At Maimonides hospital, in Brooklyn, Adrian Kantrowitz, a surgeon-inventor who had helped perfect the pacemaker and the heart-lung machine, began working on pump designs. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of heart-lung machine

1953, in the meaning defined above

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heart-lung machine

noun
heart-lung ma·​chine | \ ˌhärt-ˈləŋ-mə-ˌshēn How to pronounce heart-lung machine (audio) \

Medical Definition of heart-lung machine

: a mechanical pump that maintains circulation during heart surgery by shunting blood away from the heart, oxygenating it, and returning it to the body

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