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Definition of Hirudotherapy

Hirudotherapy: The use of leeches for medical therapy.

From hirudin, the active principle in the salivary secretion of leeches that acts as a potent anticoagulant (blood thinner).

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=24575
Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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