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or venisection

[ven-uh-sek-shuh n, vee-nuh-] /ˌvɛn əˈsɛk ʃən, ˌvi nə-/
noun, Surgery.
Origin of venesection
1655-65; < New Latin or Medieval Latin vēnae sectiō cutting of a vein; see vein, section


or venesection

[ven-uh-sek-shuh n, vee-nuh-] /ˌvɛn əˈsɛk ʃən, ˌvi nə-/
noun, Surgery.
Origin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for venesection
Historical Examples
  • His therapeutics were simple and salutary, because of his renunciation of venesection, which was much abused in his day.

  • Evacuations by venesection and catharsis, and then by the exhibition of opium.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin
  • Pagel has called attention to Mondeville's insistence on preparing the patient's mind properly for venesection.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • If the countenance is bloated, venesection may be performed.

    Memoranda on Poisons Thomas Hawkes Tanner
  • venesection itself in nine out of ten cases probably did more physical harm than good, but all the good came from its suggestion.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • In venesection the withdrawal of blood may not affect the blood pressure.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • venesection was succeeded by large doses of calomel, and the calomel era continued on almost to our own generation.

    Medieval Medicine James J. (James Joseph) Walsh
  • He counselled the use of venesection, of laxatives and purgatives, of baths and stimulant remedies.

  • When the difficulty of respiration is great, venesection is immediately necessary, and then an emetic, and a blister.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin
  • The phthalein on the day following the second venesection was 45 per cent in two hours.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
British Dictionary definitions for venesection


surgical incision into a vein
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin vēnae sectiō; see vein, section
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venesection in Medicine

venesection ven·e·sec·tion (věn'ĭ-sěk'shən, vē'nĭ-)
See phlebotomy.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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