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Etymology edit

From Latin acus (needle) + puncture. By surface analysis, acu- +‎ puncture.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈæ.kju.ˌpʌŋk.t͡ʃɝ/
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acupuncture (usually uncountable, plural acupunctures)

  1. The insertion of needles into the (living) tissue of the body affecting the Qi or energy along energetic pathways of the body called meridians. This modality is traditionally used as a form of internal medical treating all disease and illnesses, in Western countries it is widely used for the purposes of pain relief.
    • 1974 October 16, “Acupuncture”, in The Jerusalem Post[1], volume XLIV, number 14221, →ISSN, →OCLC, page 4, column 2:
      Chinese doctors at Chishan County Hospital in Shansi Province have used acupuncture on the scalp to cure a patient suffering from paralysis of the right limbs caused by inflammation of the brain’s blood vessels.

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acupuncture (third-person singular simple present acupunctures, present participle acupuncturing, simple past and past participle acupunctured)

  1. (transitive) To treat with acupuncture.

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Borrowed from English acupuncture.

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acupuncture f (plural acupunctures)

  1. acupuncture

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  • Turkish: akupunktur

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