plasmapheresis

noun
plas·​ma·​phe·​re·​sis | \ ˌplaz-mə-fə-ˈrē-səs How to pronounce plasmapheresis (audio) , -ˈfer-ə-səs How to pronounce plasmapheresis (audio) \

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

Examples of plasmapheresis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If your symptoms are progressing very rapidly, your doctor may also order plasmapheresis, which filters your blood to remove harmful proteins, says the National Kidney Foundation. Hallie Levine, Health.com, 27 Oct. 2021 The following day, Walker started a treatment called plasmapheresis, or plasma exchange, a process in which the bad plasma in his blood is replaced with good plasma. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Other ways of overcoming autoimmunity, like the removal of antibodies against interferon from the blood, called plasmapheresis, could also help patients. Jason Gale, Fortune, 25 Sep. 2020 Other ways of overcoming autoimmunity, like the removal of antibodies against interferon from the blood, called plasmapheresis, could also help patients. Jason Gale, Fortune, 25 Sep. 2020 Other ways of overcoming autoimmunity, like the removal of antibodies against interferon from the blood, called plasmapheresis, could also help patients. Jason Gale, Fortune, 25 Sep. 2020 Other ways of overcoming autoimmunity, like the removal of antibodies against interferon from the blood, called plasmapheresis, could also help patients. Jason Gale, Fortune, 25 Sep. 2020 Other ways of overcoming autoimmunity, like the removal of antibodies against interferon from the blood, called plasmapheresis, could also help patients. Jason Gale, Fortune, 25 Sep. 2020 Other ways of overcoming autoimmunity, like the removal of antibodies against interferon from the blood, called plasmapheresis, could also help patients. Jason Gale, Fortune, 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of plasmapheresis

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plasmapheresis

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

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The first known use of plasmapheresis was in 1914

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10 Nov 2021

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“Plasmapheresis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plasmapheresis. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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plasmapheresis

noun
plas·​ma·​pher·​e·​sis | \ ˌplaz-mə-ˈfer-ə-səs How to pronounce plasmapheresis (audio) , -fə-ˈrē-səs How to pronounce plasmapheresis (audio) \
plural plasmaphereses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce plasmapheresis (audio) \

Medical Definition of plasmapheresis

: apheresis used to remove blood plasma (as in the treatment of myasthenia gravis or in the collection of blood plasma for use in transfusion)

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