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1. Abnormally slow motion of blood in veins, usually with venous distention.
2. Treatment of congestive heart failure by compressing proximal veins of the extremities with tourniquets. Synonym(s): bloodless phlebotomy
[phlebo- + G. stasis, a standing still]
Etymology: AS, blod + ME, les + Gk, phleps, vein, tomos, cutting
a technique of trapping blood in a body region by the application of tourniquet pressure that is less than the pressure needed to interrupt arterial blood flow.
phlebotomy(fle-bot'o-me) [ phlebo- + -tomy]
The puncturing of a vein or the surgical opening of a vein to withdraw blood. Synonym: blood draw See: illustration