plasmapheresis(redirected from Plasmopheresis)
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Related to Plasmopheresis: therapeutic plasmapheresis, IVIG
A process in which plasma is taken from donated blood and the remaining components, mostly red blood cells, are returned to the donor.
[plasm(a) + Greek aphairesis, removal; see aphaeresis.]
(Medicine) (in blood transfusion) a technique for removing healthy or infected plasma by separating it from the red blood cells by settling or using a centrifuge and retransfusing the red blood cells into the donor or patient
[C20: from plasm + Greek aphairesis taking away]
plas•ma•pher•e•sis(ˌplæz mə fəˈri sɪs)
a type of apheresis in which blood cells are returned to the bloodstream of the donor and the plasma is used, as for transfusion.