Archaic term for a method by which circulating blood may be submitted to dialysis outside the body and returned to the circulation without exposure to the air or to any noxious influences; the principle used in the performance of renal dialysis with the artificial kidney.
[vivi- + diffusion]
vividiffusion(vĭv″ĭ-dĭf-ū′zhŭn) [L. vivus, alive, + dis, apart, + fundere, to pour]
The process of removing diffusible substances from the blood of a living animal by allowing it to flow through dialyzing membranes immersed in saline solution.
circulation of the blood through a closed apparatus in which it is passed through a membrane for removal of substances ordinarily removed by the kidneys. See also artificial kidney.