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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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Examples for bloodletting
  • The first printed anatomical text, it covered dissection and other topics such as bloodletting and urinoscopy.
  • And the quickest way to remedy was the imbalance was through bloodletting.
  • It seems keener on blood transfusions than on bloodletting.
  • But whether his moves are the answer to the bloodletting, and to the eight-month labour dispute behind it, is another matter.
  • The bombs ignited an unprecedented spate of sectarian bloodletting.
  • The bloodletting it unleashed has undermined any moral case anyway.
  • Our people hatred of bloodletting and military rule.
  • About a year earlier, she had been let go from a big advertising firm as part of what she calls a general bloodletting.
  • The sacrificial bloodletting is accompanied by the offering of a fish to represent the watery underworld.
  • The corpses are piling up, the mood is dark and foreboding, and the evidence of bloodletting is everywhere.
Word Origin and History for bloodletting
bloodletting
early 13c., blod letunge, from blood + let. Hyphenated from 17c., one word from mid-19c.
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bloodletting 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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