bloodletting

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bloodletting \Blood"let'ting\, noun (Med.) 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 WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

bloodletting

noun

1: formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)

2: indiscriminate slaughter; "a bloodbath took place when the leaders of the plot surrendered"; "ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name"; "the valley is no stranger to bloodshed and murder"; "a huge prison battue was ordered" [syn: {bloodbath}, {bloodletting}, {bloodshed}, {battue}]


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