A leech is a small, flat creature that lives in water. Leeches are often used to heal wounds. They attach themselves to the wound and suck the blood out.

  • The doctor was using leeches to heal the patient's wounds.

  • The leeches were crawling all over the wound.

Definition of leeches


a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage


parasite, sponge, sponger


draw blood


bleed, phlebotomise, phlebotomize


carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end


bloodsucker, hirudinean

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Example Sentences for leeches

  • 1

    The leech was a pain in the neck.

  • 2

    In China, people eat dried leeches, believing that leeches are good for blood streams.

  • 3

    Leech was a rapid and indefatigable worker.

  • 4

    Leeches just snack and go.

  • 5

    Medicinal leeches are perfectly harmless.

  • 6

    The rear edge is called the leech.

  • 7

    I hate the leeches and mosquitoes the most.

  • 8

    The aft edge of a sail is called the leech.

  • 9

    It leech no longer present, apply poultice to wound.

  • 10

    Imelza is the mother of the three kittens Jupiter, Dab and Leech.