Definition of "dialysis" [di•al•y•sis]

  • The separation of smaller molecules from larger molecules or of dissolved substances from colloidal particles in a solution by selective diffusion through a semipermeable membrane. (noun)
  • Hemodialysis. (noun)
  • The separation of small molecules from large molecules and colloids in a solution by the selective diffusion of the small molecules through a semipermeable membrane (noun)

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Use "dialysis" in a sentence
  • "The congestive heart failure has barely improved with the medication and now she's got kidney failure that dialysis is not an option for or not working for because of some kind of complication with her diabetes."
  • "As the long-term treatment for permanent kidney failure, dialysis is a good-news/bad-news technology."
  • "And home dialysis is significantly cheaper than being treated in a clinic or hospital."