medicinal leech

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medicinal leech

(Medicine) a large European freshwater leech, Hirudo medicinalis, formerly used in medical bloodletting

medic′inal leech′

a bloodsucking leech, Hirudo medicinalis, native to Europe, used historically by physicians to bleed patients.
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Noun1.medicinal leech - large European freshwater leech formerly used for bloodlettingmedicinal leech - large European freshwater leech formerly used for bloodletting
bloodsucker, hirudinean, leech - carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end
genus Hirudo, Hirudo - type genus of the family Hirudinidae
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