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a combining form meaning “vein,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, phleb-.
Origin of phlebo-
< Greek, combining form of phléps vein Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for phlebo-


combining form
indicating a vein: phlebotomy
Word Origin
from Greek phleps, phleb- vein
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Word Origin and History for phlebo-

word-forming element in medicine meaning "vein," from Greek phlebo-, comb. form of phleps "vein," of uncertain origin.

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phlebo- in Medicine

phlebo- or phleb-
Vein: phlebotomy.

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