- 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 amp; -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. In both senses also called venesection.
Origin of phlebotomyMiddle English flebotomie, from Old French flebothomie, from Late Latin phlebotomia, from Greek phlebotomia, 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").