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cupping glass

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  1. a glass vessel, used in cupping, in which a partial vacuum is created, as by heat.

Origin of cupping glass

First recorded in 1535–45
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Historical Examples

  • Her father persuaded her to try the effect of a cupping-glass.

    Rene Mauperin

    Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt

  • Are you not conscious of the void, which draws on the enemy like a cupping-glass?

  • His adhesion is not the mere result of a kiss like that of a cupping-glass; it can only be explained by hooks that need releasing.

    The Mason-bees

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Wouldn't I like to be sitting in the 'Cupping-Glass' before a horse-steak with onions!

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete

    Martin Anderson Nexo

  • Cardan (as also Pictorio) reckons that this happens in no different way than with the cupping-glass, by the force of fire.

British Dictionary definitions for cupping glass

cupping glass

  1. med archaic a glass vessel from which air can be removed by suction or heat to create a partial vacuum: formerly used in drawing blood to the surface of the skin for slow bloodlettingAlso called: artificial leech
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cupping glass in Medicine

cupping glass

  1. A glass vessel from which the air has been exhausted by heat or suction, applied to the skin to draw blood to the surface for therapeutic purposes.cup
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