- the opening of a vein to remove blood; phlebotomy
Origin of bloodlettingMiddle English blodleting: see blood and let
- The removal of blood, usually from a vein, as a therapeutic measure.
- The laying off of personnel or the elimination of resources.
- The archaic practice of treating illness by removing some blood, believed to be tainted, from the stricken person.
- By extension, the diminishment of any resource with the hope that this will lead to a positive effect.
- A circumstance such as a battle where a large amount of blood is likely to be spilled through violence.