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or shi·at·zu

[ shee-aht-soo ]
/ ʃiˈɑt su /

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

a Japanese massage technique that includes the use of acupressure.

Nearby words

shf, shh, shia, shiah, shiai, shiatsu, shibah, shibah asar betammuz, shibboleth, shicer, shicker

Origin of shiatsu

< Japanese < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese chǐ finger + pressure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shiatsu

  • I had taken a shiatsu class my freshman year in college (I guess I did learn something useful at NYU) and put my skills to work.

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British Dictionary definitions for shiatsu


/ (ˌʃiːˈætsuː) /


massage in which pressure is applied to the same points of the body as in acupunctureAlso called: acupressure

Word Origin for shiatsu

Japanese, from Chinese chĭ finger + pressure
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Word Origin and History for shiatsu



1967, from Japanese, literally "finger-pressure."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for shiatsu


[ shē-ätsōō ]


A form of therapeutic massage in which pressure is applied with the thumbs and palms to those areas of the body used in acupuncture.acupressure
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