Bdellatomy Definition


(archaic) The snipping off the tail of a leech engaged in sucking human blood, in order to let the blood run out of it and so increase its powers of drawing blood.


Origin of Bdellatomy

  • Irregularly formed as the Ancient Greek βδέλλᾰ (bdella, “leech”) + the English -tomy (from -τοµία (-toµia), -tomia, “a cutting”; from τέμνω (temnō), temnō, “I cut”); the etymological spelling is bdellotomy.

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