phlebotomy

noun
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 phlebotomy (audio) \ noun

Examples of phlebotomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Working with our Refugee Services Office, Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah have trained refugees in fields like phlebotomy and pharmacy tech, hiring many into critical healthcare jobs. Spencer J. Cox, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 Witnesses often spent hours on the tedious minutiae of finance, chemistry, technology and phlebotomy. Erin Griffith, New York Times, 7 Dec. 2021 Once the iron level is in the target range, periodic phlebotomy is necessary to keep the iron in the normal range. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 28 July 2021 Existing capability differs wildly — some providers already offer home visits, home physio, home phlebotomy and prescription delivery. Tom Moon, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Myton was laid off too and was thinking of studying to be a phlebotomy technician or perhaps a dog groomer. Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2020 The school also includes phlebotomy and electrocardiographic technician instruction. Adrian Sainz, Star Tribune, 29 July 2020 The school also includes phlebotomy and electrocardiographic technician instruction. Adrian Sainz, Star Tribune, 29 July 2020 The school also includes phlebotomy and electrocardiographic technician instruction. Adrian Sainz, Star Tribune, 29 July 2020 See More

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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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7 May 2022

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“Phlebotomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phlebotomy. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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phlebotomy

noun
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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