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phlebotomy

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noun phle·bot·o·my \fli-ˈbä-tə-mē\

Definition of phlebotomy

plural phle·bot·o·mies

  1. :  the letting of blood for transfusion, diagnosis, or experiment, and especially formerly in the treatment of disease —called also venesection

phle·bot·o·mist play \-mist\ noun


Origin of phlebotomy

Middle English fleobotomie, from Middle French flebothomie, from Late Latin phlebotomia, from Greek, from phleb- + -tomia -tomy


First Known Use: 14th century


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phlebotomy

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noun phle·bot·o·my \fli-ˈbät-ə-mē\

Medical Definition of phlebotomy

plural phle·bot·o·mies

  1. :  the letting of blood for transfusion, apheresis, diagnostic testing, or experimental procedures and widely used in the past to treat many types of disease but now limited to the treatment of only a few specific conditions (as hemochromatosis and polycythemia vera)—called also venesection, venotomy




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