Medical Definition of Hirudotherapy

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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).

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018

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