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bloodletting

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noun blood·let·ting \-ˌle-tiŋ\

Simple Definition of bloodletting

  • : the former practice of taking some blood out of the bodies of sick people to heal them

  • : the practice of causing someone to bleed as part of a religious ceremony

  • : the killing of people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bloodletting

  1. 1 :  phlebotomy

  2. 2 :  bloodshed

  3. 3 :  elimination of personnel or resources

13th Century

First Known Use of bloodletting

13th century


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noun blood·let·ting \-ˌlet-iŋ\

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