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extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

 

Definition: A device incorporating a blood pump (artificial heart) and a blood oxygenator (artificial lung) to provide extracorporeal circulation and oxygenation of the blood during cardiac surgery.

Synonym(s): heart-lung machine

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