1. [syn: venesection, phlebotomy]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Phlebotomy \Phle*bot"o*my\, n. [L. phlebotomia, Gr. flebotomi`a;
fle`ps, flebo`s, a vein + te`mnein 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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: surgical incision into a vein; used to treat
hemochromatosis [syn: venesection, phlebotomy]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
19 Moby Thesaurus words for "phlebotomy":
aspiration, bleeding, bloodletting, broaching, cupping, drafting,
drainage, draining, drawing, emptying, leeching, milking,
pipetting, pumping, siphoning, sucking, suction, tapping,