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phlebotomy n : surgical incision into a vein; used to treat hemochromatosis [syn: venesection]

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From Old French flebothomi (modern phlébotomie), from late Latin phlebotomia, from Greek φλεβοτόμος ‘that opens a vein’, from φλέπς ‘vein’.




  1. The opening of a vein, either to withdraw blood or for letting blood; venesection.
    • 1819: He had even taken from his pocket a cupping apparatus, and was about to proceed to phlebotomy, when the object of his anxious solicitude suddenly revived — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

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