American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A treatment in which evacuated glass cups are applied to intact or scarified skin in order to draw blood toward or through the surface. It was used for disorders associated with an excess of blood, one of the four humors of medieval physiology.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In surgery, the application of the cupping-glass. There are two modes of cupping: one in which the part is scarified and some blood taken a way to relieve congestion or inflammation of internal parts, called
wet cupping, or more generally simply cupping; and a second, termed dry cupping, in which there is no scarification and no blood is abstracted.
- n. A concavity in the end of a cylindrical casting, produced by the shrinkage of the metal.
- n. A shallow countersink.
- n. The taking of a concave form, as tobacco leaves do in drying, when placed face to back. Cupping is prevented by stringing the leaves face to face and back to back.
- n. medicine, archaic The operation of drawing blood to or from the surface of the person by forming a partial vacuum over the spot.
- n. medicine, archaic A similar operation for drawing pus from an abscess.
- n. medicine Fire cupping, a traditional therapeutic treatment called in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin, supposedly to draw blood towards the surface.
- n. The taking of a small amount of a beverage such as tea or coffee into the mouth in order to taste it; a session where this is done.
- v. present participle of cup.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) The operation of drawing blood to or from the surface of the person by forming a partial vacuum over the spot. Also, sometimes, a similar operation for drawing pus from an abscess.
- n. a treatment in which evacuated cups are applied to the skin to draw blood through the surface
“Moreover, one should not be cupped in very hot weather nor in very cold weather; and the best season for cupping is springtide.”
“Also known as cupping or fire cupping, it was used by many Eastern European Jews.”
“It was something called cupping, a treatment which you can read about in old medical text-books but which till then I had vaguely thought of as one of those things they do to horses.”
“The Tijuanan has to prime his body, nose, and mouth for the so-called cupping that's about to commence.”
“However, it can be associated with glaucomatous cupping, which is the formation of an ocular-disk depression seen in some cases of glaucoma.”
“It is also called cupping, clapping, or tapotement.”
“Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal Acupuncturist Xin He demonstrates a traditional Chinese therapy called cupping.”
“Although normally performed by venesection, or the cutting of a vein, in some cases other techniques, such as cupping, applying leeches, cautery, or blistering might be called for. 59”
“Testing coffee, or "cupping," is a meticulous affair.”
“Apparently, after going on his lecture tour through the American Midwest after his last visit to Toronto, Conan Doyle had returned in order to find a practitioner of the Oriental treatment for consumption known as "cupping".”
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Old-fashioned and obsolete treatments, medicines, etc.
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