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Pronunciation: fle-bos'ta-sis


  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]

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