Definition of phlebotomy in English:

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Pronunciation: /fləˈbädəmē/

noun (plural phlebotomies)

The surgical opening or puncture of a vein in order to withdraw blood or introduce a fluid, or (historically) as part of the procedure of letting blood.
Example sentences
  • Blood was collected by phlebotomy from the antecubital vein.
  • Experimental reductions in cardiac index and hepatic blood flow induced by phlebotomy are rapidly corrected by albumin resuscitation, whereas crystalloids require double the volume.
  • Patients may also undergo phlebotomy at a blood center.



Example sentences
  • The needle was withdrawn and the specimen laid on the phlebotomy tray while the phlebotomist applied pressure to the puncture site for five minutes.
  • The performance improvement suggestion derived from best and most improved performers was implementation of an institutional policy for phlebotomists to refuse to perform phlebotomy on a patient without a correct wristband.
  • Lab assistants in many labs today are liaisons to the point of care phlebotomists, usually acting as experts in phlebotomy in health care institutions.


Pronunciation: /fləˈbädəˌmīz/
( archaic)
Example sentences
  • The pole represents the stick patients would grab while being phlebotomized; the white stripes represent the bandages and the red stripes, the blood.
  • Arabic physicians phlebotomized the distal portion of the greater saphenous vein (GSV) at the ankle.


Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin phlebotomia, from Greek, from phleps, phleb- 'vein' + -tomia 'cutting'.

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Syllabification: phle·bot·o·my

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