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- n. The snipping off the tail of a leech engaged in sucking human blood, in order to let the blood run out of it and so increase its powers of drawing blood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or operation of incising a leech while sucking, so that the ingested blood may escape, and the leech continue to suck.
- n. The application of the bdellometer.
Irregularly formed as the Ancient Greek βδέλλᾰ (bdella, "leech") + the English -tomy (from -τοµία, -tomia, “a cutting”; from τέμνω, temnō, “I cut”); the etymological spelling is bdellotomy. (Wiktionary)