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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.

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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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