Medical Definition of Hemodialysis
Hemodialysis: A medical procedure to remove fluid and waste products from the blood and to correct electrolyte imbalances. This is accomplished using a machine and a dialyzer, also referred to as an "artificial kidney."
Hemodialysis is used to treat both acute (temporary) and chronic (permanent) kidney failure.
Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
Last Editorial Review: 5/13/2016
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