- the act or practice of opening a vein for letting or drawing blood as a therapeutic or diagnostic measure; venesection; bleeding.
Origin of phlebotomy
Examples from the Web for phlebotomy
No wonder that phlebotomy prevailed so long as the reign of the moon endured.Moon Lore
Machaon was surgeon to Menelaus and Podalarius was the pioneer of phlebotomy.Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine
James Sands Elliott
In the picture of the interior of a barber's shop, a patient is undergoing the operation of phlebotomy (figure 11).At the Sign of the Barber's Pole
Which are the Vessels that are open'd in Phlebotomy or Blood-letting?
What are the Conditions requisite in the due performing of the Operation of Phlebotomy?
- surgical incision into a veinAlso called: venesection
Word Origin and History for phlebotomy
"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).
- The act or practice of opening a vein by incision or puncture to remove blood.venesection venotomy
- The act or practice of opening a vein by incision or puncture to remove blood.