from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or practice of opening a vein by incision or puncture to remove blood as a therapeutic treatment. Also called venesection.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The opening of a vein, either to withdraw blood or for letting blood; venesection.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or practice of opening a vein for letting blood, in the treatment of disease; venesection; bloodletting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or practice of opening a vein for letting blood, as a remedy for disease or with a view to the preservation of health.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. surgical incision into a vein; used to treat hemochromatosis
Middle English flebotomie, from Old French flebothomie, from Late Latin phlebotomia, from Greek phlebotomiā, from phlebotomos, opening a vein : phlebo-, phlebo- + -tomos, cutting; see -tome.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French flebothomie (French phlébotomie), from Late Latin phlebotomia, from Ancient Greek φλεβοτόμος (phlebotomos, "that opens a vein"), from φλέψ (phleps, "vein"). (Wiktionary)