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moxa

[ mok-suh ]
/ ˈmɒk sə /
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noun
a flammable substance or material obtained from the leaves of certain Chinese and Japanese wormwood plants, especially Artemisia moxa.
this substance or a similar one of cotton, wool, or the like, placed on the skin usually in the form of a cone or cylinder and ignited for use as a counterirritant.
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Origin of moxa

1670–80; by uncertain mediation <Japanese mogusa, equivalent to mo(y)e burn + -gusa, combining form of kusa herb
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British Dictionary definitions for moxa

moxa
/ (ˈmɒksə) /

noun
a downy material obtained from various plants and used in Oriental medicine by being burned on the skin as a cauterizing agent or counterirritant for the skin
any of various plants yielding this material, such as the wormwood Artemisia chinensis

Word Origin for moxa

C17: anglicized version of Japanese mogusa, contraction of moe gusa burning herb
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Medical definitions for moxa

moxa
[ mŏksə ]

n.
A cone or cylinder of cotton wool or other combustible material, placed on the skin and ignited in order to produce counterirritation.
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