- The opening of a vein, either to withdraw blood or for letting blood; venesection.
Etymology: From Old French flebothomi (modern phlébotomie), from late Latin phlebotomia, from Greek ' "that opens a vein", from ' "vein".
- 1819: He had even taken from his pocket a cupping apparatus, and was about to proceed to , when the object of his anxious solicitude suddenly revived " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
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