leeching


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leech·ing

(lēch'ing),
The former practice of applying leeches to the body to draw blood for therapeutic purposes.
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As medical knowledge advanced, the practice of leeching died out.
Martineau's leeching ended when the veins began to work.
Therapeutic leeching and bloodletting were, incidentally, prevalent in Britain and Europe till not that long ago.