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 Myton was laid off too and was thinking of studying to be a phlebotomy technician or perhaps a dog groomer. Washington Post, "‘I didn’t make it’," 11 Dec. 2020 The school also includes phlebotomy and electrocardiographic technician instruction. Adrian Sainz, Star Tribune, "Tennessee state senator charged with stealing federal funds," 29 July 2020 The school also includes phlebotomy and electrocardiographic technician instruction. Adrian Sainz, Star Tribune, "Tennessee state senator charged with stealing federal funds," 29 July 2020 The school also includes phlebotomy and electrocardiographic technician instruction. Adrian Sainz, Star Tribune, "Tennessee state senator charged with stealing federal funds," 29 July 2020 The school also includes phlebotomy and electrocardiographic technician instruction. Adrian Sainz, Star Tribune, "Tennessee state senator charged with stealing federal funds," 29 July 2020 Edison High School seniors preparing for phlebotomy certification exams were among the first San Antonio students back in classrooms since mid-March, when the coronavirus pandemic shut schools down. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio students return to high school classrooms — to practice for career exams," 9 June 2020 Most centers also stabilize and treat fractures and provide intravenous fluids while offering on-site X-ray, laboratory and phlebotomy services. Detroit Free Press, "Afraid of getting coronavirus, Michiganders avoid urgent care centers, emergency rooms," 13 Apr. 2020 The property has imaging equipment, women’s services, infusion, phlebotomy, radiation therapy, interventional radiology and clinical exam capabilities. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Chicago investor buys Woodlands medical office building," 26 Mar. 2020

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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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20 Dec 2020

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“Phlebotomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phlebotomy. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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