[ fluh-bot-uh-mee ]
/ fləˈbɒt ə mi /

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.

Nearby words

  1. phlebotomist,
  2. phlebotomize,
  3. phlebotomus,
  4. phlebotomus fever,
  5. phlebotomus fever virus,
  6. phlegethon,
  7. phlegm,
  8. phlegmasia,
  9. phlegmasia alba dolens,
  10. phlegmasia cerulea dolens

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for phlebotomy


/ (flɪˈbɒtəmɪ) /

noun plural -mies

surgical incision into a veinAlso called: venesection
Derived Formsphlebotomic (ˌflɛbəˈtɒmɪk) or phlebotomical, adjectivephlebotomist, noun

Word Origin for phlebotomy

C14: from Old French flebothomie, from Late Latin phlebotomia, from Greek

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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).

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Medicine definitions for phlebotomy


[ flĭ-bŏtə-mē ]


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


[ flĭ-bŏtə-mē ]

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