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fleam

A medical device of historic interest, which was used for bloodletting and lancing swollen gums.

fleam

a medieval lancet used for drawing blood in the blood-letting therapeutic procedure. A straight metal bar with a downward protruding, small, sharp, fixed blade. The blade was poised over a distended vein and given a sharp thump with a hardwood mallet held in the other hand.
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Fleams were most typically used by veterinarians in early bloodletting treatments.
Facing the either-or choice of life with shame or death with honor, Leofsunu chooses to take the chance that death will take him, and we learn that "He full ierre wod, / feaht faestlice, fleam he forhogode" (253b-255, He advanced, full of anger, fought resolutely, scorned flight).
His lungs feel as if they are being flensed, or their ticking filed at with fleam teeth; he is coughing himself fraught to fractions--curd, clot, each necrotic clod through the cud--a decimal at a time.
In a Cambridgeshire chalk beneath an agricultural field near Fleam Dyke, they described a pore-water peak concentration of 50 to 70 mg/L [NO.