Definition of heart-lung machine in English:

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heart-lung machine

Pronunciation: /ˈhärt ˈləNG məˌSHēn/

noun

A machine that temporarily takes over the functions of the heart and lungs, especially during heart surgery.
Example sentences
  • Apart from the skills of the cardiac surgeon, the main technology which has allowed this operation to take place is the heart-lung machine which puts oxygen into the bloodstream while the heart is stopped during the surgery.
  • He was a perfusionist, that is, the medical technician who operates the heart-lung machine during open-heart surgery.
  • To use modified ultrafiltration, the perfusionist who operates the heart-lung machine first modifies the pediatric CPB circuit to incorporate the modified ultrafiltration system.

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Syllabification: heart-lung ma·chine

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