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or venisection

[ven-uh-sek-shuh n, vee-nuh-] /ˌvɛn əˈsɛk ʃən, ˌvi nə-/
noun, Surgery.
Origin of venesection
1655-65; < New Latin or Medieval Latin vēnae sectiō cutting of a vein; see vein, section


or venesection

[ven-uh-sek-shuh n, vee-nuh-] /ˌvɛn əˈsɛk ʃən, ˌvi nə-/
noun, Surgery.
Origin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for venesection
Historical Examples
  • After passing his fiftieth year an individual should abstain from venesection.

  • Evacuations by venesection and catharsis, and then by the exhibition of opium.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin
  • If the countenance is bloated, venesection may be performed.

    Memoranda on Poisons Thomas Hawkes Tanner
  • In venesection the withdrawal of blood may not affect the blood pressure.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • He counselled the use of venesection, of laxatives and purgatives, of baths and stimulant remedies.

  • venesection should not be practised on the day when one takes a bath or goes on a journey or returns from it.

  • The phthalein on the day following the second venesection was 45 per cent in two hours.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • The book of his by which he is known is a volume of directions for venesection from the standpoint of the anatomist.

    The Popes and Science James J. Walsh
  • These directions were especially stringent in regard to venesection, to which act we shall again refer in greater detail.

  • The chances for venesection became rather intricate in their different aspects.

British Dictionary definitions for venesection


surgical incision into a vein
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin vēnae sectiō; see vein, section
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venesection in Medicine

venesection ven·e·sec·tion (věn'ĭ-sěk'shən, vē'nĭ-)
See phlebotomy.

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