- a combining form meaning “vein,” used in the formation of compound words: phlebosclerosis.
Also especially before a vowel, phleb-.
Origin of phlebo-
< Greek, combining form of phléps vein
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before a vowel phleb-
- indicating a veinphlebotomy
from Greek phleps, phleb- vein
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Word Origin and History for phleb-
word-forming element in medicine meaning "vein," from Greek phlebo-, comb. form of phleps "vein," of uncertain origin.
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