HyperDic: bloodletting

English > 2 senses of the word bloodletting:
NOUNactbloodlettingformerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)
actbloodletting, bloodbath, bloodshed, battueindiscriminate slaughter
bloodletting > pronunciation
Soundsblah'dleh.tihng
Rhymesabducting ... zoning: 2044 rhymes with ihng...
English > bloodletting: 2 senses > noun 1, act
Meaningformerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine).
CategoryMiddle Ages, Dark AgesThe period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
medicine, medical specialtyThe branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
NarrowercuppingA treatment in which evacuated cups are applied to the skin to draw blood through the surface
venesection, phlebotomysurgical incision into a vein
Broadermedical care, medical aidprofessional treatment for illness or injury
Spanishsangría
Catalansagnia
English > bloodletting: 2 senses > noun 2, act
Meaningindiscriminate slaughter.
Example "ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name"
Synonymsbloodbath, bloodshed, battue
Broaderslaughter, massacre, mass murder, carnage, butcheryThe savage and excessive killing of many people
Spanishbaño de sangre, carnicería, derramamiento de sangre, masacre, matanza
Catalanmassacre

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