meaning of blood-letting

blood-letting meaning in Etymology Dictionary

additionally bloodletting, very early 13c., blod letunge, from bloodstream (n.) + let (v.). Hyphenated from 17c., one word from mid-19c. Old English had blodl

Sentence Examples with the word blood-letting

In the monastic period pharmacy was to a great extent under the control of the religious orders, particularly the Benedictines, who, from coming into contact with the Arabian physicians, devoted themselves to pharmacy, pharmacology and therapeutics; but, as monks were forbidden to shed blood, surgery fell largely into the hands of barbers, so that the class of barber-surgeons came into existence, and the sign of their skill in blood-letting still appears in provincial districts in England in the form of the barber's pole, representing the application of bandages.

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