acupuncture [ noun ak-y oo-puhngk-cher; verb ak-y oo-puhngk-cher, ak-y oo- puhngk- ] SHOW IPA / noun ˈæk yʊˌpʌŋk tʃər; verb ˈæk yʊˌpʌŋk tʃər, ˌæk yʊˈpʌŋk- / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a Chinese medical practice or procedure that treats illness or provides local anesthesia by the insertion of needles at specified sites of the body. verb (used with object), ac·u·punc·tured, ac·u·punc·tur·ing. to perform acupuncture on. Nearby words aculeus
acute Origin of acupuncture 1675–85;
with a needle (ablative of
(as combining form of
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At first purely theurgic, the practice was later characterized by
acupuncture and a refined study of the pulse. British Dictionary definitions for acupuncture noun 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 world Also called: stylostixis Derived Forms acupunctural, adjective acupuncturist, noun Word Origin for acupuncture
C17: from Latin
acus needle + puncture
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Word Origin and History for acupuncture n.
1680s, "pricking with a needle" to ease pain, from Latin
acus "needle" (see acuity) + puncture. The verb is first recorded 1972.
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Medicine definitions for acupuncture n. 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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Science definitions for acupuncture 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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Culture definitions for acupuncture
A technique, which originated in
China, for curing disease, relieving pain, or bringing about partial anesthesia by inserting needles into the body at specific points.
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