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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n venesection surgical incision into a vein; used to treat hemochromatosis
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Venesection (Med) The act or operation of opening a vein for letting blood; bloodletting; phlebotomy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n venesection Bloodletting from a vein; phlebotomy. The operation may be' performed on any of the superficial veins; but either the median cephalic or the basilic in the bend of the elbow is usually selected for this purpose. (See cut under median.) A band is tied around the arm just above the elbow, so as to cause a turgescence of the veins below, and then the vein selected is opened with a sharp lancet. When the desired amount of blood has been taken away, the band is removed, and further bleeding arrested by the application of a small compress and bandage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Venesection vē-nē-sek′shun the section or cutting open of a vein for letting blood: blood-letting.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. venaesectio,; L. vena, vein + sectio, section
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vena, a vein, sectio, cutting.


In literature:

Pechlin reports 155 venesections in one person in sixteen years, and there is a record of 1020 repeated venesections.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Is venesection done with forever?
"Medical Essays" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The man lost his life, although not his blood, by this imaginary venesection.
"The Book of Three Hundred Anecdotes" by Various
The periods of the pleurisy recur with exacerbation of the pain and fever about sun-set, at which time venesection is of most service.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
Hence I say that we ought in such cases to begin our treatment by venesection.
"Gilbertus Anglicus" by Henry Ebenezer Handerson
Venesection and harsh purgatives are contra-indicated, and the physician who persists in their employment kills his patient.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
In these are included venesection, the opening of an artery, cupping, leeches, and the like.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
Venesection at the bend of the elbow.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
M. M. Venesection, a purge, a blister, diluents, torpentia; and afterwards sorbentia, as the bark, the acid of vitriol, and opium.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
A number of Americans defended the limited use of bleeding, especially in the form of venesection.
"Bloodletting Instruments in the National Museum of History and Technology" by Audrey Davis
This may be effected by venesection, or the application of leeches, or more rarely by cupping (q.v.).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
The book of his by which he is known is a volume of directions for venesection from the standpoint of the anatomist.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
For a {62} time it came to be the most important drug in medicine and was only replaced by venesection.
"Catholic Churchmen in Science" by James J. Walsh
It was the custom to practise venesection very freely.
"Makers of Modern Medicine" by James J. Walsh
Pagel has called attention to Mondeville's insistence on preparing the patient's mind properly for venesection.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
Venesection of 500 c.c.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
There is but little confidence to-day in the methods by venesection and purgation, upon which at one time reliance was placed.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
If the countenance is bloated, venesection may be performed.
"Memoranda on Poisons" by Thomas Hawkes Tanner
The excess to which the practice of venesection was carried in the last century is almost beyond belief.
"A Book about Doctors" by John Cordy Jeaffreson
The operation continued just as frequent all through the Roman period, and the writings on venesection are very voluminous.
"Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times" by John Stewart Milne