[ noun ak-yoo-puhngk-cher; verb ak-yoo-puhngk-cher, ak-yoo-puhngk- ]
/ noun 藞忙k y蕣藢p蕦艐k t蕛蓹r; verb 藞忙k y蕣藢p蕦艐k t蕛蓹r, 藢忙k y蕣藞p蕦艐k- /
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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路u路punc路tured, ac路u路punc路tur路ing.
to perform acupuncture on.
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Origin of acupuncture

1675鈥85; <Latin ac奴 with a needle (ablative of acus needle) or acu- (as combining form of acus) + puncture

Words nearby acupuncture

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British Dictionary definitions for acupuncture

/ (藞忙kj蕣藢p蕦艐kt蕛蓹) /

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

Derived forms of acupuncture

acupunctural, adjectiveacupuncturist, noun

Word Origin for acupuncture

C17: from Latin acus needle + puncture
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Medical definitions for acupuncture

[ 膬ky蓹-p怒ngk鈥瞔h蓹r ]

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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Scientific definitions for acupuncture

[ 膬kyu-p怒ngk鈥瞔h蓹r ]

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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Cultural definitions for 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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