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Origin of phlebo-
Words nearby phlebo-
WORDS THAT USE PHLEBO-
What does phlebo- mean?
Phlebo- comes from the Greek phléps, meaning “vein.” The Latin word for “vein” is vēna, source of the combining forms veno-, ven-, veni-, and vene-, which you can learn more about at our Words That Use articles for the forms.
What are variants of phlebo-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, phlebo- becomes phleb-, as in phlebectomy.
Examples of phlebo-
An example of a word you may have encountered that features phlebo- is phlebotomy, “the act or practice of opening a vein for letting or drawing blood as a therapeutic or diagnostic measure; venesection; bleeding.” A specialist in this is known as a phlebotomist.
We know phlebo- means “vein,” so what about the -tomy portion of the word? That’s right, -tomy refers to “cutting, incision,” from the Greek -tomia. Phlebotomy literally translates to “vein incision.”
Phlebotomy ultimately comes from a Greek word that uses the equivalent form of phlebo- in the language.
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What are some other forms that phlebo- may be commonly confused with?
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