cupping

[ kuhp-ing ]
/ ˈkʌp ɪŋ /

noun

the process of drawing blood from the body by scarification and the application of a cupping glass, or by the application of a cupping glass without scarification, as for relieving internal congestion.

Origin of cupping

First recorded in 1350–1400, cupping is from the Middle English word cuppinge. See cup, -ing1

Definition for cupping (2 of 2)

cup
[ kuhp ]
/ kʌp /

noun

verb (used with object), cupped, cup·ping.

Origin of cup

before 1000; Middle English, Old English cuppe < Latin cuppa, variant of cūpa tub, cask

OTHER WORDS FROM cup

cup·like, adjectiveun·der·cup, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cupping (1 of 2)

cupping
/ (ˈkʌpɪŋ) /

noun

med archaic the process of applying a cupping glass to the skin

British Dictionary definitions for cupping (2 of 2)

cup
/ (kʌp) /

noun

verb cups, cupping or cupped (tr)

Derived forms of cup

cuplike, adjective

Word Origin for cup

Old English cuppe, from Late Latin cuppa cup, alteration of Latin cūpa cask
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Medicine definitions for cupping (1 of 2)

cupping
[ kŭpĭng ]

n.

The formation of a hollow or cup-shaped excavation.
A therapeutic procedure, no longer in use, in which evacuated glass cups are applied to intact or scarified skin in order to draw blood to the surface.

Medicine definitions for cupping (2 of 2)

cup
[ kŭp ]

n.

A cup-shaped structure or organ.
cupping glass
A unit of capacity or volume equal to 16 tablespoons or 8 fluid ounces.

v.

To subject a person or body part to the therapeutic procedure of cupping.
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Idioms and Phrases with cupping

cup

In addition to the idiom beginning with cup

  • cup of tea, one's

also see:

  • in one's cups
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