phlebotomy

Incision into or needle puncture of a vein for the purpose of drawing blood. SYN: venesection, venotomy. [phlebo- + G. tome, incision]
- bloodless p. SYN: phlebostasis (2).

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phle·bot·o·my fli-'bät-ə-mē n, pl -mies the letting of blood for transfusion, apheresis, diagnostic testing, or experimental procedures and widely used in the past to treat many types of disease but now limited to the treatment of only a few specific conditions (as hemochromatosis and polycythemia vera) called also venesection, venotomy

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n.
the surgical opening or puncture of a vein in order to remove blood (in the treatment of polycythaemia) or to infuse fluids, blood, or drugs in the treatment of many conditions. It may also be required for cardiac catheterization and angiocardiography.

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phle·bot·o·my (flə-botґə-me) [phlebo- + -tomy] 1. incision of a vein, as for the letting of blood. 2. needle puncture of a vein for the drawing of blood. Called also venepuncture, venesection, venipuncture, venisection, and venotomy.

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  • Phlebotomy — Phle*bot o*my, n. [L. phlebotomia, Gr. ?; ?, ?, a vein + ? to cut: cf. F. phl[ e]botomie. Cf. {Fleam}.] (Med.) The act or practice of opening a vein for letting blood, in the treatment of disease; venesection; bloodletting. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Phlebotomy — may refer to:* Venipuncture, the practice of collecting blood samples. It is also the recommended treatment for hemochromatosis, an iron overload disorder * Bloodletting, the ancient medical practice …   Wikipedia

  • phlebotomy — bloodletting, c.1400, flebotomye, from O.Fr. flebotomie (13c.), from medical L. phlebotomia, from Gk. phlebotomia blood letting, from phlebotomos opening veins, from phleps (gen. phlebos) vein + tomia cutting of, from tome a cutting ( …   Etymology dictionary

  • phlebotomy — [flibät′əmē] n. [ME flebotomie < OFr flebothomie < LL phlebotomia < Gr: see PHLEBO & TOMY] the act or practice of bloodletting as a therapeutic measure phlebotomist n …   English World dictionary

  • Phlebotomy — On Thorns I Lay On Thorns I Lay Pays d’origine  Grèce Genre(s) Doom metal Gothic metal Hard rock Brutal death metal (en début de carrière sous le nom de Paralysis) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • phlebotomy — noun /flɪˈbɒtəmi/ The opening of a vein, either to withdraw blood or for letting blood; venesection. Phlebotomy is promiscuously used before and after physick, commonly before and upon occasion is often reiterated, if there be any need at least… …   Wiktionary

  • phlebotomy — noun (plural mies) Etymology: Middle English fleobotomie, from Middle French flebothomie, from Late Latin phlebotomia, from Greek, from phleb + tomia tomy Date: 14th century the letting of blood for transfusion, diagnosis, or experiment, and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • phlebotomy — The cutting of veins fancy name for taking blood by venepuncture, usually with a needle not a knife …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • phlebotomy — /fleuh bot euh mee/, n., pl. phlebotomies. Med. the act or practice of opening a vein for letting blood as a therapeutic measure; venesection; bleeding. [1350 1400; earlier flebotomye, phlebothomy ( < MF flebotomie) < ML phlebotomia, LL < Gk… …   Universalium

  • phlebotomy — Synonyms and related words: aspiration, bleeding, bloodletting, broaching, cupping, drafting, drainage, draining, drawing, emptying, leeching, milking, pipetting, pumping, siphoning, sucking, suction, tapping, venesection …   Moby Thesaurus

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