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.
References in classic literature ?
The bloodletting had certainly cleared Harvey's brain, and maybe the loneliness of the sea had something to do with it.
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During the meeting, they reviewed the current situation in Syria and the prospects of solutions to stop bloodletting there and how to protect the state institutions against collapse as well as the role required on part of the Friends of Syria to support the Syrian people.
KARACHI -- Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has remarked "responsibility of bloodletting of innocent people rests with federal and provincial governments.