- the act or practice of bloodletting as a therapeutic measure
- Med. the act or practice of drawing blood from a vein for use in a transfusion, diagnosis, etc.
Origin of phlebotomyMiddle English flebotomie from Old French flebothomie from Late Latin phlebotomia from Gr: see phlebo- and -tomy
- The removal of blood from a vein, usually with a needle and syringe or other container, for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, as in the treatment of hemochomatosis.
- The removal of blood from a vein with a cutting instrument, formerly done to reduce blood volume as a treatment of disease. Also called In both senses also called venesection .
Origin of phlebotomyMiddle English flebotomie from Old French flebothomie from Late Latin phlebotomia from Greek phlebotomiā from phlebotomos opening a vein phlebo- phlebo- -tomos cutting ; see -tome .
- phleb′o·tom′ic phleb′o·tom′i·cal
From Old French flebothomie (French phlÃ©botomie), from Late Latin phlebotomia, from Ancient Greek Ï†Î»ÎµÎ²Î¿Ï„ÏŒÎ¼Î¿Ï‚ (phlebotomos, “that opens a vein"), from Ï†Î»ÎÏˆ (phleps, “vein").