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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bloodletting  \Blood"let`ting\,  n.  (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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bloodletting 
  n  1:  formerly  used  as  a  treatment  to  reduce  excess  blood  (one  of 
  the  four  humors  of  medieval  medicine) 
  2:  indiscriminate  slaughter  [syn:  {bloodbath},  {bloodshed},  {battue}] 




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