plasmapheresis

noun plas·ma·phe·re·sis \ ˌplaz-mə-fə-ˈrē-səs , -ˈfer-ə-səs \

Definition of plasmapheresis

: a process for removing blood plasma without depleting the donor or patient of other blood constituents (such as red blood cells) by separating out the plasma from the whole blood and returning the rest to the donor's or patient's circulatory system

Recent Examples of plasmapheresis from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'plasmapheresis.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of plasmapheresis

New Latin, from plasm- + Greek aphairesis taking off — more at aphaeresis


Medical Dictionary

plasmapheresis

noun plas·ma·pher·e·sis \ ˌplaz-mə-ˈfer-ə-səs , -fə-ˈrē-səs \

medical Definition of plasmapheresis

plural plasmaphereses play \-ˌsēz\
: apheresis used to remove blood plasma (as in the treatment of myasthenia gravis or in the collection of blood plasma for use in transfusion)

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up plasmapheresis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to speak or write verbosely and windily

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks Quiz

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!