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medicinal leech

noun
1.
a bloodsucking leech, Hirudo medicinalis, of Europe, introduced into the northeastern U.S., usually green with brown stripes, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long: once used by physicians to bleed patients.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • The same result has followed from keeping together different varieties of the medicinal leech.
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medicinal leech

noun
1.
a large European freshwater leech, Hirudo medicinalis, formerly used in medical bloodletting
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