[noun ak-yoo-puhngk-cher; verb ak-yoo-puhngk-cher, ak-yoo-puhngk-]
- a Chinese medical practice or procedure that treats illness or provides local anesthesia by the insertion of needles at specified sites of the body.
- to perform acupuncture on.
Origin of acupuncture
1675–85; < Latin acū with a needle (ablative of acus needle) or acu- (as combining form of acus) + puncture
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Examples from the Web for acupuncture
Acupuncture increases fertility: Probably false, but unknown.The Biggest Myths and Truths About Baby Making
July 25, 2014
Acupuncture, ak-ū-pungkt′ūr, n. an operation for relieving pain by puncturing the flesh with needles.
At first purely theurgic, the practice was later characterized by acupuncture and a refined study of the pulse.The Evolution of Modern Medicine
Did you ever see one of those Japanese figures with the points for acupuncture marked upon it?The Poet at the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Chinatown—Interesting Chinese businesses from herb shops to acupuncture clinics.Oahu Traveler's guide
Besides composing some mediocre poetry, Yang Hsiung wrote on acupuncture, music, and philology.A History of Chinese Literature
Herbert A. Giles
- the insertion of the tips of needles into the skin at specific points for the purpose of treating various disorders by stimulating nerve impulses. Originally Chinese, this method of treatment is practised in many parts of the worldAlso called: stylostixis
C17: from Latin acus needle + puncture
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Word Origin and History for acupuncture
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A procedure used in or adapted from Chinese medical practice in which specific body areas are pierced with fine needles for therapeutic purposes or to relieve pain or produce regional anesthesia.
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- The practice of inserting thin needles into the body at specific points to relieve pain, treat a disease, or anesthetize a body part during surgery. Acupuncture has its origin in traditional Chinese medicine and has been in use for more than 5,000 years.
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