heart-lung machine definition

  • noun:
    • An apparatus through which blood is briefly diverted, specifically during heart surgery, to oxygenate it and pump it throughout the human body, thus keeping blood circulation before the heart and lung area have the ability to come back to regular functioning.
    • a pump to steadfastly keep up blood flow during heart surgery; diverts blood from the heart and oxygenates it after which pumps it through human body

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