acupuncture (third-person singular simple present acupunctures, present participle acupuncturing, simple past and past participle acupunctured)
1.a Chinese medical practice or procedure that treats illness or provides local anesthesia by the insertion of needles at specified sites of the body.
2.to perform acupuncture on.
1. the insertion of the tips of needles into the skin at specific points for the purpose of treating various disorders by stimulating nerve impulses. Originally Chinese, this method of treatment is practised in many parts of the world Also called stylostixis Derived Formsacupunctural, adjectiveacupuncturist, noun Word OriginC17, from Latin acus needle + punctureCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1680s, "pricking with a needle" to ease pain, from Latin acus "needle" (see acuity) + puncture. The verb is first recorded 197
Learn More about acupuncture