phlebotomy

Pronunciation: (fleh-BAH-toh-mee)

A procedure in which a needle is used to take blood from a vein, usually for laboratory testing. Phlebotomy may also be done to remove extra red blood cells from the blood, to treat certain blood disorders. Also called blood draw and venipuncture.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2015-09-28