a combining form meaning “vein,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
indicating a vein: phlebotomy

word-forming element in medicine meaning “vein,” from Greek phlebo-, comb. form of phleps “vein,” of uncertain origin.

phlebo- or phleb-
Vein: phlebotomy.


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