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Transplant operations and blood and organ donation

blood bank

noun

a place where blood is stored so that it can be given to people during medical operations

blood donor

noun

someone who allows some of their blood to be taken from them so that it can be used in the medical treatment of someone else

donation

noun

the process of giving blood, sperm, or a part of your body to help someone who needs it

donor

noun

someone who gives blood, sperm, eggs, or a part of their body to be used in the medical treatment of someone else

donor

noun

used about a body part that a donor has given

donor card

noun

a card that you keep with you giving permission for your organs to be used after you die to help someone else

graft

noun

a piece of skin, bone etc from one part of your body used to replace or repair a damaged part of your body

reject

verb

if someone’s body rejects an organ after a transplant operation, they become ill because their body has a bad reaction to the organ

rejection

noun

the failure of someone’s body to accept a new organ in a transplant operation

transplant

noun

a medical operation in which a new organ is put into someone’s body. The organ is taken from the body of another person, especially someone who has just died, who is called a donor

transplant

noun

an organ that has been transplanted

transplant

verb

to take an organ from one person’s body and put it into another person’s body

xenotransplant

noun

a transplant operation in which a part of an animal’s body is put into a person’s body

xenotransplant

noun

an animal organ that is put into a person’s body as a transplant

transplantation

noun

xenotransplantation

noun

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