from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A procedure used in or adapted from Chinese medical practice in which specific body areas are pierced with fine needles for therapeutic purposes or to relieve pain or produce regional anesthesia.
  • transitive v. To subject to acupuncture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The insertion of needles into living tissue, especially for remedial purposes.
  • v. To treat with acupuncture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Pricking with a needle; a needle prick.
  • transitive v. To treat with acupuncture.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In surgery, to perform the operation of acupuncture upon.
  • n. A surgical operation consisting in the insertion of delicate needles in the tissues.
  • n. A mode of infanticide in some countries, consisting in forcing a needle into the brain of the child.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. treatment of pain or disease by inserting the tips of needles at specific points on the skin


Latin acus, needle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin acus ("needle") + puncture (Wiktionary)



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