acupressure

[ ak-yoo-presh-er ]
/ ˈæk yʊˌprɛʃ ər /
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noun

a type of massage in which finger pressure on the specific bodily sites described in acupuncture therapy is used to promote healing, alleviate fatigue, etc.
Medicine/Medical. a procedure for stopping blood flow from an injured blood vessel.

Nearby words

  1. aculeate,
  2. aculeus,
  3. acumen,
  4. acuminate,
  5. acupoint,
  6. acupuncture,
  7. acupuncturist,
  8. acus,
  9. acusector,
  10. acutance

Origin of acupressure

First recorded in 1855–60; acu(puncture) + pressure

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British Dictionary definitions for acupressure

acupressure

/ (ˈækjʊˌprɛʃə) /

noun

another name for shiatsu

Word Origin for acupressure

C19: from acu (puncture) + pressure

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Word Origin and History for acupressure

acupressure

n.

1859, from Latin acus "needle" (see acuity) + pressure (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for acupressure

acupressure

[ akyə-prĕsh′ər ]

n.

shiatsu

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