n. pl. phle·bot·o·mies
1. The removal of blood from a vein, usually with a needle and syringe or other container, for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, as in the treatment of hemochomatosis.
2. The removal of blood from a vein with a cutting instrument, formerly done to reduce blood volume as a treatment of disease. In both senses also called venesection.
[Middle English flebotomie, from Old French flebothomie, from Late Latin phlebotomia, from Greek phlebotomiā, from phlebotomos, opening a vein : phlebo-, phlebo- + -tomos, cutting; see -TOME.]
phleb′o·tomic (flĕb′ə-tŏmĭk), phleb′o·tomi·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
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