Definition of spare-part surgery in English:

spare-part surgery


mass nouninformal
  • The treatment of organ failure by surgical transplantation or the insertion of artificial replacements.

    • ‘The real value of cloning, Wilmut believes, is in reproducing embryos to harvest special ‘stem’ cells for spare-part surgery.’
    • ‘‘It is quite erroneous to suggest that the way is being opened up for the deliberate production of embryos for so-called spare-part surgery,’ Dr. Hitchcock said.’
    • ‘The idea of spare-part surgery using pigs’ livers must seem attractive to patients waiting for a human liver.’