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 (vĕn′ĭ-sĕk′shən, vē′nĭ-)
[New Latin vēnae sectiō : Latin vēnae, genitive sing. of vēna, vein + Latin sectiō, sectiōn-, cutting; see section.]


(Surgery) surgical incision into a vein
[C17: from New Latin vēnae sectiō; see vein, section]


(fləˈbɒt ə mi)

n., pl. -mies.
the act or practice of opening a vein to let or draw blood as a therapeutic or diagnostic measure. Also called venesection.
[1350–1400; Middle English fleobotomie (< Middle French flebotomie) < Medieval Latin fleobotomia, phlebotomia, Late Latin < Greek phlebotomía; see phlebo-, -tomy]
phleb•o•tom•ic (ˌflɛb əˈtɒm ɪk) adj.
phle•bot′o•mize`, v.t. -mized, -miz•ing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.venesection - surgical incision into a vein; used to treat hemochromatosis
surgical incision, incision, section - the cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation)
bloodletting - formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)
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A leather strap (tourniquet) and a scalpel were used for venesection (bloodletting) as treatment for a wide range of maladies.
2] Filling pressure can be decreased by number of methods such as immediate change in posture from supine to standing, Valsalva maneuver, and venesection.
Identification of liver problems is a diagnostic marker, an indicator of the urgency of venesection, and of course, essential in its own right.
They were slaughtered by cerebral concussion followed by jugular and carotid venesection.
Evidence that myeloid cells-support intracellular DENV infection in vivo in humans derives from studies on tissues from virologically documented patients obtained during surgery, at autopsy, or by venesection (31-34).
Contract notice: Supply noninterventional intravascular catheters: peripheral, central, central tunneled long stay, central, central peripheral, umbilicals, venesection and central insertion tunneled with implantable chamber to the centers of the catalan institute of salut.
The second kind of relational analogy pertains to being analogically related to one goal (ila gaya wahida), such as the way medication, exercise, and a venesection are all called "healthy" because they are all thought to be similarly ordered to the one goal of bodily health.
Iron depletion was achieved by removing 350 ml of blood every 10 to 15 days according to baseline hemoglobin values and venesection tolerance, until the ferritin level was less than 30 ng/ml and/or transferrin saturation was less than 25%.
The work environment may contribute further to this risk, because injection routes are frequently used for administration of medication and improper venesection practices and inadequate facilities for sharps disposal are common.
Absence of pruritus in iron deficiency following venesection.
Collotypes were obtained from the Venetian copy of the Tabula and, for completeness, a reproduction of the azygos venous system woodcut in the Venesection Letter of 1539.