open-heart

adjective
\ˌō-pən-ˈhärt \

Definition of open-heart 

: of, relating to, or performed on a heart temporarily stopped and relieved of circulatory function and surgically opened for repair of defects or damage open-heart surgery

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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open-heart

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of open-heart

medical : done by stopping the heart from beating for a period of time, opening the heart, and repairing damage

open-heart

adjective

Medical Definition of open-heart 

: of, relating to, or performed on a heart temporarily stopped and relieved of circulatory function and surgically opened for repair of defects or damage open-heart surgery

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