Definition of Bloodletting

1. Noun. Formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine).

Generic synonyms: Medical Aid, Medical Care
Specialized synonyms: Phlebotomy, Venesection, Cupping
Category relationships: Medical Specialty, Medicine, Dark Ages, Middle Ages



2. Noun. Indiscriminate slaughter. "A huge prison battue was ordered"
Exact synonyms: Battue, Bloodbath, Bloodshed
Generic synonyms: Butchery, Carnage, Mass Murder, Massacre, Slaughter

Definition of Bloodletting

1. n. The act or process of letting blood or bleeding, as by opening a vein or artery, or by cupping or leeches; -- esp. applied to venesection.

Definition of Bloodletting

1. Noun. The archaic practice of treating illness by removing some blood, believed to be tainted, from the stricken person. ¹

2. Noun. By extension, the diminishment of any resource with the hope that this will lead to a positive effect. ¹

3. Noun. A circumstance such as a battle where a large amount of blood is likely to be spilled through violence. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bloodletting

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Medical Definition of Bloodletting

1. The act or process of letting blood or bleeding, as by opening a vein or artery, or by cupping or leeches; especially. Applied to venesection. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Bloodletting

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Lectures on materia medica and therapeutics by John Brodhead Beck, Chandler Robbins Gilman (1861)
"RELATIVE VALUE OF GENERAL AND LOCAL bloodletting.—General bloodletting takes blood promptly and suddenly from the system; local bloodletting takes it slowly ..."

2. The Institutes of Medicine by Martyn Paine (1862)
"Ner- ertheless, general bloodletting is likely to be important at any stage of ... But, in general bloodletting, every thing may depend upon an exact effect ..."

3. Principles of medicine: Comprising General Pathology and Therapeutics, and a by Charles James Blasius Williams, Meredith Clymer (1853)
"These aid the depressing effect of bloodletting, remove feculent matter, which is often a source of irritation, and clear the intestinal canal for the ..."

4. The Retrospect of Practical Medicine and Surgery: Being a Half-yearly edited by William Braithwaite, James Braithwaite, Edmond Fauriel Trevelyan (1849)
"bloodletting must be less copious, and is more frequently inadmissible, in renal, ... bloodletting never lessened the frequency of the pulse, ..."

5. Medical and Physiological Commentaries by Martyn Paine (1840)
"It is upon this principle that it is sometimes better to suffer inflammation to advance to a certain limit before resorting to bloodletting. ..."

6. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1887)
"OX THE REMEDIAL VALUE OF bloodletting. BY JA MACDOUGALL, MD, FECS ED., ... remedy of snch unquestionable power as bloodletting should, from former abuse, ..."

7. Lectures on materia medica and therapeutics by John Brodhead Beck, Chandler Robbins Gilman (1861)
"RELATIVE VALUE OF GENERAL AND LOCAL bloodletting.—General bloodletting takes blood promptly and suddenly from the system; local bloodletting takes it slowly ..."

8. The Institutes of Medicine by Martyn Paine (1862)
"Ner- ertheless, general bloodletting is likely to be important at any stage of ... But, in general bloodletting, every thing may depend upon an exact effect ..."

9. Principles of medicine: Comprising General Pathology and Therapeutics, and a by Charles James Blasius Williams, Meredith Clymer (1853)
"These aid the depressing effect of bloodletting, remove feculent matter, which is often a source of irritation, and clear the intestinal canal for the ..."

10. The Retrospect of Practical Medicine and Surgery: Being a Half-yearly edited by William Braithwaite, James Braithwaite, Edmond Fauriel Trevelyan (1849)
"bloodletting must be less copious, and is more frequently inadmissible, in renal, ... bloodletting never lessened the frequency of the pulse, ..."

11. Medical and Physiological Commentaries by Martyn Paine (1840)
"It is upon this principle that it is sometimes better to suffer inflammation to advance to a certain limit before resorting to bloodletting. ..."

12. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1887)
"OX THE REMEDIAL VALUE OF bloodletting. BY JA MACDOUGALL, MD, FECS ED., ... remedy of snch unquestionable power as bloodletting should, from former abuse, ..."

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