phlebotomy

[ fluh-bot-uh-mee ]
/ fləˈbɒt ə mi /
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noun, plural phle·bot·o·mies. Medicine/Medical.

the act or practice of opening a vein for letting or drawing blood as a therapeutic or diagnostic measure; venesection; bleeding.

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

/ (flɪˈbɒtəmɪ) /

noun plural -mies

surgical incision into a veinAlso called: venesection

Derived Forms

phlebotomic (ˌflɛbəˈtɒmɪk) or phlebotomical, adjectivephlebotomist, noun

Word Origin for phlebotomy

C14: from Old French flebothomie, from Late Latin phlebotomia, from Greek
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Medicine definitions for phlebotomy

phlebotomy

[ flĭ-bŏtə-mē ]

n.

The act or practice of opening a vein by incision or puncture to remove blood.venesection venotomy

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Science definitions for phlebotomy

phlebotomy

[ flĭ-bŏtə-mē ]

The act or practice of opening a vein by incision or puncture to remove blood.

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