salvatella

noun sal·va·tel·la \ˌsalvəˈtelə\

Definition of salvatella

plural

salvatellae

\-e(ˌ)lē, -eˌlī\

archaic

  1. :  a vein on the back of the little finger and hand formerly considered especially effective for bloodletting

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Origin and Etymology of salvatella

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Late Latin salvatus (past participle of salvare to save) + Latin -ella, diminutive suffix


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