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ECMO

noun \ ˈek-(ˌ)mō \

medical Definition of ECMO

:extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • … and they decided to take an extraordinary step, a procedure known as ECMO, for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, essentially an external lung that filters the blood, removing carbon dioxide and adding oxygen.
  • —Sheryl Gay StolbergThe New York Times Magazine28 Nov. 1999
  • Initially, his left ventricle was essentially nonpulsatile, but within 24 hours after the initiation of ECMO, it started improving.
  • —David F. M. Brown et al.The New England Journal of Medicine12 Sept. 2013

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