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 Other ways of overcoming autoimmunity, like the removal of antibodies against interferon from the blood, called plasmapheresis, could also help patients. Jason Gale, Fortune, "Covid-19 scientists flag key immune function as a turning point in life threatening cases," 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, "Covid-19 scientists flag key immune function as a turning point in life threatening cases," 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, "Covid-19 scientists flag key immune function as a turning point in life threatening cases," 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, "Covid-19 scientists flag key immune function as a turning point in life threatening cases," 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, "Covid-19 scientists flag key immune function as a turning point in life threatening cases," 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, Bloomberg.com, "Covid Doctors Find a Turning Point in Life-Threatening Cases," 24 Sep. 2020 Jose Antonio pioneered the plasmapheresis technique in 1950. Emma Vickers, Bloomberg.com, "Family Builds $3.8 Billion Fortune, One Pint of Blood at a Time," 13 May 2020 In Perry’s case, the doctors treated him with a procedure called plasmapheresis in which the blood is routed to a machine that filters and removes plasma, replacing it with known uninfected plasma. Mike Argento, USA TODAY, "He contracted a brain-eating amoeba while jet skiing – and beat the 97% fatality rate," 29 Apr. 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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“Plasmapheresis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plasmapheresis. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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 plasmaphereses (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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