[ 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.

Origin of phlebotomy

First recorded in 1350–1400; earlier flebotomye, phlebothomy, from Middle French flebotomie, from Medieval Latin phlebotomia, Late Latin, from Greek phlebotomía; equivalent to phlebo- + -tomy; replacing Middle English fleobotomie, from Medieval Latin fleobotomia, variant of phlebotomia

Words Nearby phlebotomy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use phlebotomy in a sentence

  • As phlebotomy was one of the chief sources of profit to the barbers, they adopted a sign emblematical of this operation.

British Dictionary definitions for phlebotomy


/ (flɪˈbɒtəmɪ) /

nounplural -mies
  1. surgical incision into a vein: Also called: venesection

Origin of phlebotomy

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

Derived forms of phlebotomy

  • phlebotomic (ˌflɛbəˈtɒmɪk) or phlebotomical, adjective
  • phlebotomist, noun

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Scientific definitions for phlebotomy


[ flĭ-bŏtə-mē ]

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

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