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acupuncture

[noun ak-yoo-puhngk-cher; verb ak-yoo-puhngk-cher, ak-yoo-puhngk-]
noun
  1. a Chinese medical practice or procedure that treats illness or provides local anesthesia by the insertion of needles at specified sites of the body.
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verb (used with object), ac·u·punc·tured, ac·u·punc·tur·ing.
  1. to perform acupuncture on.
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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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acupuncture

noun
  1. 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
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Derived Formsacupunctural, adjectiveacupuncturist, noun

Word Origin

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

acupuncture in Medicine

acupuncture

(ăkyə-pŭngk′chər)
n.
  1. 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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acupuncture in Science

acupuncture

[ăkyu-pŭngk′chər]
  1. 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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acupuncture in Culture

acupuncture

[(ak-yuh-pungk-chuhr)]

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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The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.