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noun[mass noun] informal
The treatment of organ failure by surgical transplantation or the insertion of artificial replacements.
- The real value of cloning, Wilmut believes, is in reproducing embryos to harvest special ‘stem’ cells for spare-part surgery.
- The idea of spare-part surgery using pigs’ livers must seem attractive to patients waiting for a human liver.
- ‘It is quite erroneous to suggest that the way is being opened up for the deliberate production of embryos for so-called spare-part surgery,’ Dr. Hitchcock said.
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