Definition of open-heart surgery in English:

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open-heart surgery

Pronunciation: /ˌəʊp(ə)nˌhɑːt ˈsəːdʒ(ə)ri/


[mass noun]
Surgery in which the heart is exposed and the blood made to bypass it.
Example sentences
  • Beating heart surgery (ie, open-heart surgery without the use of a bypass machine) and endoscopic vein harvesting will be discussed in this session.
  • Procedures with a risk of air embolism include surgery to the arteries or veins, injections during surgery, large blood transfusions, and open-heart surgery.
  • One-way vent valves play a crucial role during open-heart surgery by redirecting blood from the heart to a heart-lung machine.

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