bloodletting

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blood·let·ting

 (blŭd′lĕt′ĭng)
n.
1. Bloodshed.
2. The removal of blood, usually from a vein, as a therapeutic measure.
3. The laying off of personnel or the elimination of resources.

blood′let′ter n.

blood•let•ting

(ˈblʌdˌlɛt ɪŋ)

n.
1. the act of letting blood by opening a vein; phlebotomy.
3. severe reduction, as in personnel or appropriations.
[1175–1225]
blood′let`ter, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bloodletting - formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)
medical aid, medical care - professional treatment for illness or injury
phlebotomy, venesection - surgical incision into a vein; used to treat hemochromatosis
cupping - a treatment in which evacuated cups are applied to the skin to draw blood through the surface
medical specialty, medicine - the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
Dark Ages, Middle Ages - the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
2.bloodletting - indiscriminate slaughterbloodletting - 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"
carnage, mass murder, massacre, slaughter, butchery - the savage and excessive killing of many people

bloodletting

noun
The savage killing of many victims:
Translations

bloodletting

[ˈblʌdˌletɪŋ] N (Med) → sangría f (fig) → carnicería f, baño m de sangre

blood·let·ting

n. efusión de sangre; sangrado de una vena; pop. sangría.