Definition of Bypass, cardiopulmonary
Bypass, cardiopulmonary: A bypass of the heart and lungs as, for example, in open heart surgery. In this procedure, blood returning to the heart is diverted through a heart-lung machine (a pump-oxygenator) before being returned to the arterial circulation.Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012
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