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phlebotomy

[fluh-bot-uh-mee]
noun, plural phle·bot·o·mies. Medicine/Medical.
  1. the act or practice of opening a vein for letting or drawing blood as a therapeutic or diagnostic measure; venesection; bleeding.
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Origin of phlebotomy

1350–1400; earlier flebotomye, phlebothomy (< Middle French flebotomie) < Medieval Latin phlebotomia, Late Latin < Greek phlebotomía (see phlebo-, -tomy); replacing Middle English fleobotomie < Medieval Latin fleobotomia, variant of phlebotomia
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British Dictionary definitions for phlebotomy

phlebotomy

noun plural -mies
  1. surgical incision into a veinAlso called: venesection
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Derived Formsphlebotomic (ˌflɛbəˈtɒmɪk) or phlebotomical, adjectivephlebotomist, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French flebothomie, from Late Latin phlebotomia, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for phlebotomy

n.

"bloodletting," c.1400, flebotomye, from Old French flebotomie (13c., Modern French phlébotomie), from medical Latin phlebotomia, from Greek phlebotomia "blood-letting," from phlebotomos "opening veins," from phleps (genitive phlebos) "vein" + -tomia "cutting of," from tome "a cutting" (see tome).

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phlebotomy in Medicine

phlebotomy

(flĭ-bŏtə-mē)
n.
  1. The act or practice of opening a vein by incision or puncture to remove blood.venesection venotomy
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phlebotomy in Science

phlebotomy

[flĭ-bŏtə-mē]
  1. The act or practice of opening a vein by incision or puncture to remove blood.
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