dialysis

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Dated in the late 16th Century CE; from Ancient Greek διά (diá, inter” “through) and λύειν (lúein, loosen).

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dialysis (plural dialyses)

  1. (chemistry) A method of separating molecules or particles of different sizes by differential diffusion through a semipermeable membrane.
  2. (medicine) Haemodialysis.
    • 2013 June 1, “A better waterworks”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 5 (Technology Quarterly): 
      An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic the way real kidneys cleanse blood and eject impurities and surplus water as urine.
  3. (rhetoric) The spelling out of alternatives, or presenting of either-or arguments that lead to a conclusion.
  4. (rhetoric) Asyndeton.

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