oxygenator

noun
ox·y·gen·a·tor | \ ˈäk-si-jə-ˌnā-tər , äk-ˈsi-jə- \

Definition of oxygenator 

: one that oxygenates specifically : an apparatus that oxygenates the blood extracorporeally (as during open-heart surgery)

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The lamb’s umbilical cord pulls in nutrients, and its heart pumps blood through an external oxygenator. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "A Functioning Fake Womb," 17 Jan. 2018 An oxygenator that supplemented the patient’s lungs was developed in 1954 and was subsequently used in combination with the device. Paul Stenquist, New York Times, "When Detroit Muscle Powered a Breakthrough in Heart Surgery," 18 Jan. 2018 One had then placed a foot on the back of Denny's neck as others took turns slamming an oxygenator into his back, pounding his head in with a hammer, and smashing a concrete block into his face. Joe Domanick, Esquire, "The LAPD and the Shame of a Nation," 5 Aug. 2015 The lambs received oxygen through their umbilical cords, supplied by an external oxygenator. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "'Artificial womb' scientist at CHOP wins Philly Geek award," 30 Aug. 2017 The oxygenator employed by the Philadelphia researchers is pumpless and replicates the work of the placenta, Flake said. Melanie Eversley, USA TODAY, "'Biobag' system mimics womb, could provide hope for premature babies," 25 Apr. 2017 A low-resistance oxygenator is the device that exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide as blood flows through it. Melanie Eversley, USA TODAY, "'Biobag' system mimics womb, could provide hope for premature babies," 25 Apr. 2017 In other parts of the gym there are next-generation, treadmill-type machines connected to oxygenators and masks that the athletes wear in training to manipulate oxygen levels. Tim Layden, SI.com, "With BALCO behind him, Victor Conte is still hustling and loving every minute of it," 28 June 2017

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circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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oxygenator

noun
ox·y·gen·ator | \ ˈäk-si-jə-ˌnāt-ər , äk-ˈsij-ə- \

Medical Definition of oxygenator 

: one that oxygenates specifically : an apparatus that oxygenates the blood extracorporeally (as during open-heart surgery)

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