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1. Linguistics Variant of aphaeresis.
2. aph·e·re·sis (ăf′ə-rē′sĭs) Medicine A procedure in which blood is drawn from a donor and separated into its components, some of which are retained, such as plasma or platelets, and the remainder returned by transfusion to the donor. Also called hemapheresis.
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nAlso informally called: pheresis
1. (Linguistics) the omission of a letter or syllable at the beginning of a word
2. (Medicine) a method of collecting blood from donors that enables its different components, such as the platelets or plasma, to be separated out
[C17: via Late Latin from Greek, from aphairein to remove]
apheretic, aphaeretic adj
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or a•phaer•e•sis(əˈfɛr ə sɪs)
the loss or omission of one or more letters or sounds at the beginning of a word, as in squire for esquire or count for account.
[1605–15; < Late Latin aphaeresis < Greek aphaíresis removal]
aph•e•ret•ic (ˌæf əˈrɛt ɪk) adj.
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|Noun||1.||apheresis - (linguistics) omission at the beginning of a word as in `coon' for `raccoon' or `till' for `until'|
linguistics - the scientific study of language
|2.||apheresis - a procedure in which blood is drawn and separated into its components by dialysis; some are retained and the rest are returned to the donor by transfusion|
dialysis - separation of substances in solution by means of their unequal diffusion through semipermeable membranes
plasmapheresis - plasma is separated from whole blood and the rest is returned to the donor
plateletpheresis - platelets are separated from whole blood and the rest is returned to the donor
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