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[New Latin vēnae sectiō : Latin vēnae, genitive sing. of vēna, vein + Latin sectiō, sectiōn-, cutting; see section.]
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(Surgery) surgical incision into a vein
[C17: from New Latin vēnae sectiō; see vein, section]
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phle•bot•o•my(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.
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|Noun||1.||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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