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