- the act or practice of letting blood by opening a vein; phlebotomy.
- bloodshed or slaughter.
- Informal. severe cutbacks or reduction in personnel, appropriations, etc.: The company went through a period of bloodletting in the 1970s.
Origin of bloodletting
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- The therapeutic removal of blood, usually from a vein.
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