[ bluhd-let-ing ]
/ ˈblʌdˌlɛt ɪŋ /


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

First recorded in 1175–1225, bloodletting is from the Middle English word blod letunge. See blood, let1, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM bloodletting

blood·let·ter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for bloodletting

[ blŭdlĕt′ĭng ]


The therapeutic removal of blood, usually from a vein.

Other words from bloodletting

bloodlet′ter n.
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