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Of or relating to phlebotomy. Also in extended use: designating or relating to bloodsucking insects.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Nocturnal Revels. From phlebotomy + -ic. Compare Byzantine Greek ϕλεβοτομική the phlebotomic art, post-classical Latin phlebotomicus, and French phlébotomique.
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