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bloodletting

[bluhd-let-ing] /ˈblʌdˌlɛt ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or practice of letting blood by opening a vein; phlebotomy.
2.
bloodshed or slaughter.
3.
4.
Informal. severe cutbacks or reduction in personnel, appropriations, etc.:
The company went through a period of bloodletting in the 1970s.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English blod letunge. See blood, let1, -ing1
Related forms
bloodletter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for blood-letting

blood-letting

/ˈblʌdˌlɛtɪŋ/
noun
1.
the therapeutic removal of blood, as in relieving congestive heart failure See also phlebotomy
2.
bloodshed, esp in a blood feud
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Word Origin and History for blood-letting
n.

also bloodletting, early 13c., blod letunge, from blood (n.) + let (v.). Hyphenated from 17c., one word from mid-19c. Old English had blodlæte "blood-letting."

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blood-letting in Medicine

bloodletting blood·let·ting (blŭd'lět'ĭng)
n.
The theropeutic removal of blood, usually from a vein.


blood'let'ter n.
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