bloodletting(redirected from Blood letting)
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2. The removal of blood, usually from a vein, as a therapeutic measure.
3. The laying off of personnel or the elimination of resources.
1. the act of letting blood by opening a vein; phlebotomy.
3. severe reduction, as in personnel or appropriations.
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|Noun||1.||bloodletting - formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)|
cupping - a treatment in which evacuated cups are applied to the skin to draw blood through the surface
|2.||bloodletting - indiscriminate slaughter; "a bloodbath took place when the leaders of the plot surrendered"; "ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name"; "the valley is no stranger to bloodshed and murder"; "a huge prison battue was ordered"|