from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To perform a phlebotomy on; bleed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To perform a phlebotomy on (a vein): to open (a vein) to withdraw or let blood.
  • v. To perform a phlebotomy on (a person): to open a vein of (a person) to withdraw or let blood.
  • v. To perform a phlebotomy; to open a vein to withdraw or let blood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To let blood from by opening a vein; to bleed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To let blood from; bleed by opening a vein. Also spelled phlebotomise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. draw blood


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  • Then have we a civil war to phlebotomize us every year, and to prevent our population from starving for want of food — and for the same purpose we have the Plague proposing us a visit, the best of all recipes for thinning a land, and converting younger brothers into elder ones.

    The Abbot

  • She calmly put on her gloves she had brought her own, and proceeded to behead, disembowel, and phlebotomize this poor fish.

    It takes a village

  • But so it was, that King Piko, at peace with King Hello, and well content with, the tranquillity of the times, little relished the idea of picking a quarrel with his neighbor, and running its risks, in order to phlebotomize his redundant population.

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  • "Now," said the doctor, "for the lancet;" and he accordingly fell to work, with all the delicate caution of a butcher, to phlebotomize his patient.

    Eoneguski, or, the Cherokee Chief: A Tale of Past Wars. Vol. I.

  • If that isn’t an option, then she could pop across the border, and any number of physicians in the US would be willing to phlebotomize her for a price.

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