-(a)pheresis (12/19)

The medical suffix term -(a)pheresis refers to “removal”.

Example Word: plasm/apheresis

Word Breakdown: Plasm  is a word root that pertains to “plasma” ; plasma represents the liquid portion of our blood, about 55% or can also means “something formed”, and -apheresis is a suffix term that refers to “removal”.

Definition: Plasmapheresis involves removing plasma or its components, and returning or exchanging them from and to the blood circulation.