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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
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Last Editorial Review: 10/30/2013

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