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



BrE BrE//fləˈbɒtəmi//
; NAmE NAmE//fləˈbɑːtəmi//
[countable, uncountable] (pl. phlebotomies) (medical)
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the opening of a vein in order to remove blood or put another liquid in Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from late Latin phlebotomia from Greek, from phleps, phleb- ‘vein’ + -tomia ‘cutting’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: phlebotomy