Definition of bloodletting noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    bloodletting

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈblʌdletɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈblʌdletɪŋ//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1(formal) the killing or wounding of people synonym bloodshed the futile bloodletting of war
  2. 2a medical treatment used in the past in which some of a patient’s blood was removed
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bloodletting