apheresis, aphaeresis (singular); aphereses, aphaereses (plural)
(Greek: aphairesis, withdrawal, separation, removal and aphairein, "to take away")
This unit is directly related to the pher- word family.
2. In linguistics, apheresis (uh FER i sis) is the omission at the beginning of a word as in "coon" for "raccoon"; "till" for "until"; "squire" for "esquire"; "count" for "account"; or "special" for "especial".
"This procedure of plasmapheresis is done in a clinic or a hospital and is used to remove excess antibodies from the blood in lupus, multiple sclerosis, multiple myeloma, etc."
"Plasmapheresis carries with it the same risks as any intravenous procedure. The risk of infection increases with the use of another donor's plasma, which may carry viral particles despite screening procedures."
"The removal of cellular material is termed cytapheresis; leukapheresis describes the removal of leukocytes only. Plasmapheresis, also called plasma exchange, involves removal of noncellular materials."
Therapeutic aspharesis has been used to treat blood hyperviscosity, cold agglutinin hemolytic anemia, posttransfusion purpura, thkrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, myasthenia gravis, sickle cell anemia, Guillain-Barre syndrome, familial hypercholesterolemia, and even certain drug overdoses."