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Definitions and Synonyms of leech | Another word for leech | What is leech?

Definition 1: carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end - [noun denoting animal]

Synonyms for leech in the sense of this definition

(leech is a kind of ...) worms with cylindrical bodies segmented both internally and externally

(... is a kind of leech ) large European freshwater leech formerly used for bloodletting

(... is a kind of leech ) any of several large freshwater leeches

(... is a member of leech) hermaphroditic aquatic or terrestrial or parasitic annelids

Definition 2: a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for leech in the sense of this definition

(leech is a kind of ...) a person who accepts the leadership of another

Definition 3: draw blood - [verb of body]

Samples where leech or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • In the old days, doctors routinely bled patients as part of the treatment

Synonyms for leech in the sense of this definition

(leech is a kind of ...) provide treatment for

"The doctor treated my broken leg" "The nurses cared for the bomb victims" "The patient must be treated right away or she will die" "Treat the infection with antibiotics"

(leech belongs to category ...) the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries

"he studied medicine at Harvard"

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