Definitions

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.

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  • 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

Etymologies

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

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.

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From Old French flebothomie (French phlébotomie), from Late Latin phlebotomia, from Ancient Greek φλεβοτόμος (phlebotomos, "that opens a vein"), from φλέψ (phleps, "vein").

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  • *singing drunkenly* I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than have to have a frontal phlebotomyyyy...

    August 1, 2009

  • I've always found this one amusing.

    September 23, 2008