Definitions for Phlebotomyfləˈbɒt ə mi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

phle•bot•o•myfləˈbɒt ə mi(n.)(pl.)-mies.

  1. the act or practice of opening a vein to let or draw blood as a therapeutic or diagnostic measure.

    Category: Surgery

    Ref: Also called venesection.

Origin of phlebotomy:

1350–1400; ME fleobotomie (< MF flebotomie) < ML fleobotomia, phlebotomia, LL < Gk phlebotomía; see phlebo -, -tomy

phle•bot′o•mize`(v.t.)-mized, -miz•ing.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. venesection, phlebotomy(noun)

    surgical incision into a vein; used to treat hemochromatosis


  1. phlebotomy(Noun)

    The opening of a vein, either to withdraw blood or for letting blood; venesection.

  2. Origin: From flebothomi (French phlébotomie), from phlebotomia, from φλεβοτόμος, from φλέψ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phlebotomy(noun)

    the act or practice of opening a vein for letting blood, in the treatment of disease; venesection; bloodletting


  1. Phlebotomy

    Phlebotomy is the process of making an incision in a vein. It is associated with venipuncture, the practice of collecting venous blood samples, and bloodletting, the ancient medical practice. A person who performs phlebotomy is termed a phlebotomist, although doctors and nurses do a proportion of phlebotomy in many countries.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Phlebotomy

    The techniques used to draw blood from a vein for diagnostic purposes or for treatment of certain blood disorders such as erythrocytosis, hemochromatosis, polycythemia vera, and porphyria cutanea tarda.


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