- a type of apheresis in which blood cells are returned to the bloodstream of the donor and the plasma is used, as for tranfusion.
Origin of plasmapheresis
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- (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
- A process in which plasma is taken from donated blood and the remaining components, mostly red blood cells, are returned to the donor.
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