My wife was working on her lines for a play (Dracula) set in the early 1900s and one line caught my eye. It referred to the desanguination of the vampire’s victims. I’d always heard the term as exsanguination and never heard of desangination. A few quick Google searches seem to indicate that desanguination is perhaps more archaic.
The questions are these:
Is desanguination considered archaic? For how long? Which word would have most likely been used by a doctor (the character in the play) circa 1900?
Are there any subtle differences in meaning between the two? If so, which seems more relevant to the results of a vampire attack?
How’s that for a topical question on Halloween week?