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spare-part surgery

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Definition of spare-part surgery in English:

noun

[mass noun] informal
The treatment of organ failure by surgical transplantation or the insertion of artificial replacements.
Example sentences
  • 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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