Definition of phlebotomy
: 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
phlebotomistplay \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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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