phlebotomy

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noun phle·bot·o·my \fli-ˈbä-tə-mē\

Definition of phlebotomy

plural

phlebotomies

  1. :  the drawing of blood (as by venipuncture) for transfusion, apheresis, diagnostic testing, or experimental procedures Phlebotomy was once widely used to treat many types of disease but is now limited to the treatment of only a few conditions like hemochromatosis and polycythemia vera . While scientists struggle to understand the molecular subtleties of hemochromatosis, the clinical treatment of the disorder remains remarkably primitive: serial phlebotomy. That is, weekly bloodletting. — David A. Shaywitz —called also venesection

phlebotomist

play \fli-ˈbä-tə-mist\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of phlebotomy

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


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phlebotomy

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noun phle·bot·o·my \fli-ˈbät-ə-mē\

Medical Definition of phlebotomy

plural

phlebotomies

  1. :  the letting of blood (as by venipuncture) 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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