A phlebotomist draws blood for medical uses. This includes both testing of various types as well as donating blood. Registered nurses are trained as phlebotomists, though the reverse is not true.

My ex-girlfriend worked as a phlebotomist at the UCLA Blood Bank before going to medical school. She would often grab my arm and start feeling around on the inside of my elbow. Oh, there's a good one, she would say as she found a vein. There's another. She told me that I would be "easy", that my blood vessels were nice and spongy. It was just a little bit creepy.

Phle*bot"o*mist (?), n. [Cf. F. phl'ebotomiste.] Med.

One who practiced phlebotomy.


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