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

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)

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