from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Bloodshed.
  • n. The removal of blood, usually from a vein, as a therapeutic measure.
  • n. The laying off of personnel or the elimination of resources.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The archaic practice of treating illness by removing some blood, believed to be tainted, from the stricken person.
  • n. By extension, the diminishment of any resource with the hope that this will lead to a positive effect.
  • n. A circumstance such as a battle where a large amount of blood is likely to be spilled through violence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, the act of letting blood or bleeding by opening a vein, as a remedial measure in the treatment of disease; phlebotomy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. indiscriminate slaughter
  • n. formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)


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  • For example, one practice he claims increases longevity is bloodletting, which is regularly donating a significant amount of blood to get rid of excess iron in the body. News

  • Letting someone else use your blood is not the same as bloodletting, which is part of many ancient cultures.



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