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- (medicine) Cutting open or exposing a vein; phlebotomy.
- Synonym: venipuncture
- 1676, Richard Wiseman, “Of Lepra, or Elephantiasis”, in Several Chirurgicall Treatises, London: Printed by E. Flesher and J[ohn] Macock, for R[ichard] Royston […], and B[enjamin] Took […], OCLC 960106466, 1st book (A Treatise of Tumours), page 139:
- She had paſſed through the milder Remedies frequently without ſucceſs: upon which account I deſigned Mercurialls; and beginning with Venæſection, afterwards purged her with decoct. epithymi, as it is preſcribed in the method of Cure.
- 1997, Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Folio Society 2016, p. 74:
- His teachings on plethora and venesection remained influential until the nineteenth century.
cutting open or exposing a vein — see phlebotomy