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or ven·i·sec·tion

[ven-uh-sek-shuh n, vee-nuh-]
noun Surgery.
  1. phlebotomy.
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Origin of venesection

1655–65; < New Latin or Medieval Latin vēnae sectiō cutting of a vein; see vein, section


or ven·e·sec·tion

[ven-uh-sek-shuh n, vee-nuh-]
noun Surgery.
  1. phlebotomy.
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Origin of venisection

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Examples from the Web for venesection

Historical Examples

  • After passing his fiftieth year an individual should abstain from venesection.

    Old-Time Makers of Medicine

    James J. Walsh

  • Evacuations by venesection and catharsis, and then by the exhibition of opium.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

  • If the countenance is bloated, venesection may be performed.

    Memoranda on Poisons

    Thomas Hawkes Tanner

  • In venesection the withdrawal of blood may not affect the blood pressure.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • He counselled the use of venesection, of laxatives and purgatives, of baths and stimulant remedies.

British Dictionary definitions for venesection


  1. surgical incision into a vein
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Word Origin

C17: from New Latin vēnae sectiō; see vein, section
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venesection in Medicine


(vĕnĭ-sĕk′shən, vēnĭ-)
  1. phlebotomy
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