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bloodletting

Definitions of bloodletting
  1. noun
    formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)
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    types:
    phlebotomy, venesection
    surgical incision into a vein; used to treat hemochromatosis
    cupping
    a treatment in which evacuated cups are applied to the skin to draw blood through the surface
    type of:
    medical aid, medical care
    professional treatment for illness or injury
  2. noun
    indiscriminate slaughter
    “ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name”
    synonyms: battue, bloodbath, bloodshed
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    type of:
    butchery, carnage, mass murder, massacre, slaughter
    the savage and excessive killing of many people
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