phle·​bot·​o·​my | \ fli-ˈbä-tə-mē How to pronounce phlebotomy (audio) \
plural phlebotomies

Definition of phlebotomy

: the drawing of blood (as by venipuncture) for transfusion, apheresis, diagnostic testing, or experimental procedures

Note: 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

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Other Words from phlebotomy

phlebotomist \ fli-​ˈbä-​tə-​mist How to pronounce phlebotomist (audio) \ noun

Examples of phlebotomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some studies suggest blood-drawing, or phlebotomy, might reduce PFAS in blood, but research is preliminary. Washington Post, "To the EPA, ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are a Big Problem Now," 18 Sep. 2019 The private, for-profit school offers certification and training programs for dental assistants, medical administrative assistants, medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, phlebotomy technicians and veterinary assistants. Laura Garcia,, "Medical trade school opens campus on Northwest Side," 1 July 2019 By working intimately with surrounding business leaders, PC has been able to meet the demand in most career areas like dental hygiene, fire science/firefighting, architectural and civil drafting, paralegal and legal assistant and phlebotomy. Tj Gibson, azcentral, "How does a college help to prepare a workforce? First, they listen.," 28 June 2019 For example, HealthHUB stores have space for yoga classes and extra room for CVS Minute nurse practitioners to perform services such as phlebotomy, diabetic screening and sleep apnea assessment. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "CVS turning 1,500 stores into HealthHUB locations with less retail, more health care," 4 June 2019 Students draw blood from teachers to practice phlebotomy. Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "The New Vocational High School: An Innovative Campus and a Bistro," 3 June 2019 These provide adult basic education pathway programs in professions like welding, commercial truck driving, and phlebotomy. Ken Trzaska, Washington Post, "Lesson from Liberal, Kan.: Community colleges must reach out more to communities," 12 June 2018 The programs range from welding to phlebotomy to mine mechanics. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "UA finalizes budget; tuition will increase for most classes this fall," 1 June 2018 From at least 2013 to 2017, Mr. Abdel-Sayed claimed to teach courses on topics such as electrocardiograms, phlebotomy and sonography at the college, located in Brooklyn. David W. Chen, New York Times, "College Lecturer Pleads Guilty to Selling Fake Certificates," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of phlebotomy

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phlebotomy

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

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phle·​bot·​o·​my | \ fli-ˈbät-ə-mē How to pronounce phlebotomy (audio) \
plural phlebotomies

Medical Definition of phlebotomy

: 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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