a person who illegally removes organs from people or corpses and sells them to use for transplantation
Associated chiefly with Larry Niven.
[< organ + bootlegger]
If the odds broke right, if the right people came down with the right diseases at the right time, the organlegger might save more lives than he had taken.
For instant replacement of your ruined digestive system, for a young healthy heart, for a whole liver when you'd ruined yours with alcohol—you had to go to an organlegger.
You blew a hole in her head and sold her corpse to the organleggers and used the money to come to the Moon.
We suspect this is the first use, and would like to identify later usages by authors other than Niven.
Last modified 2020-12-22 18:04:03
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