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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


aortocoronary bypass  listen  (ay-OR-toh-KOR-uh-NAYR-ee BY-pass)

  Surgery in which a healthy blood vessel taken from another part of the body is used to make a new path for blood around a blocked artery leading to the heart. This restores the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the heart. Also called CAB and coronary artery bypass.