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.
Owen lay dead in the bloody snow, his noble body gashed and punctured in many places, and soaked in his own gore. And that was how the organleggers found him. In Mistport there was always a thriving business in spare parts for transplant surgery, in those long ago days.
Last modified 2021-11-18 16:51:01
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