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[fluh-bot-uh-mee] /fləˈbɒt ə mi/
noun, plural phlebotomies. Medicine/Medical
the act or practice of opening a vein for letting or drawing blood as a therapeutic or diagnostic measure; venesection; bleeding.
1350-1400; earlier flebotomye, phlebothomy (< Middle French flebotomie) < Medieval Latin phlebotomia, Late Latin < Greek phlebotomía (see phlebo-, -tomy); replacing Middle English fleobotomie < Medieval Latin fleobotomia, variant of phlebotomia Unabridged
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  • When she comes to distribute prescriptions at the next Guild meeting, she brings along her red-veined rubber phlebotomy arm.
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  • My hospital recently decided to ask nurses, rather than the phlebotomy team, to handle blood draws.
  • phlebotomy is still used as an extremely effective treatment for haemochromatosis.
British Dictionary definitions for phlebotomy


noun (pl) -mies
surgical incision into a vein Also called venesection
Derived Forms
phlebotomic (ˌflɛbəˈtɒmɪk), phlebotomical, adjective
phlebotomist, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French flebothomie, from Late Latin phlebotomia, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for phlebotomy

"bloodletting," c.1400, flebotomye, from Old French flebotomie (13c., Modern French phlébotomie), from medical Latin phlebotomia, from Greek phlebotomia "blood-letting," from phlebotomos "opening veins," from phleps (genitive phlebos) "vein" + -tomia "cutting of," from tome "a cutting" (see tome).

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phlebotomy in Medicine

phlebotomy phle·bot·o·my (flĭ-bŏt'ə-mē)
The act or practice of opening a vein by incision or puncture to remove blood. Also called venesection, venotomy.

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phlebotomy in Science
The act or practice of opening a vein by incision or puncture to remove blood.
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