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plasmapheresis

Pronunciation: plaz'maf-e-re'sis

Definition: Removal of whole blood from the body, separation of its cellular elements by centrifugation, and reinfusion of them suspended in saline or some other plasma substitute, thus depleting the body's own plasma without depleting its cells.

[plasma + G. aphairesis, a withdrawal]

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