pressure point



a point on the skin that is extremely sensitive to pressure because of the presence of pressure-sensing organs.
a point on the body where relatively slight pressure serves to press an artery lying close to the surface against underlying bony tissue, so as to arrest the flow of blood into a part.
a sensitive, crucial area or issue against which concerted persuasion or pressure tactics can be wielded to produce a desired result: Lobbyists attempt to find the pressure points of government.

Nearby words

  1. pressure group,
  2. pressure head,
  3. pressure hull,
  4. pressure ice,
  5. pressure paralysis,
  6. pressure reversal,
  7. pressure ridge,
  8. pressure sense,
  9. pressure sore,
  10. pressure suit

Origin of pressure point

First recorded in 1875–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pressure point

pressure point


any of several points on the body above an artery that, when firmly pressed, will control bleeding from the artery at a point farther away from the heart
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Medicine definitions for pressure point

pressure point


Any of the various locations on the body where pressure may be applied to control bleeding.
A point that is extremely sensitive to the application of pressure.

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