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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.


someone or something which lets blood
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In 1773, Felipe Lopez, an indio yucateco and resident of Matanzas city, faced the local cabildo to defend his practice as sangrador or bloodletter.
How to reconcile Egypt's bloodletters is a significant issue for the presidential debate.
The 1971 Senate document mentioned above provides evidence that the Chinese communists are the world's greatest murderers, topping the worst bloodletters in all of history.