cardiopulmonary bypass

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cardiopulmonary bypass (kar-di-oh-pul-mŏn-er-i) n. a method by which the circulation to the body is maintained while the heart is deliberately stopped during heart surgery. The function of the heart and lungs is carried out by a pump-oxygenator (heart-lung machine) until the natural circulation is restored.

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