[n. ak-yoo-puhngk-cher; v. ak-yoo-puhngk-cher, ak-yoo-puhngk-]
a Chinese medical practice or procedure that treats illness or provides local anesthesia by the insertion of needles at specified sites of the body.
verb (used with object), acupunctured, acupuncturing.
to perform acupuncture on.

1675–85; < Latin acū with a needle (ablative of acus needle) or acu- (as combining form of acus) + puncture Unabridged
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acupuncture (ˈækjʊˌpʌŋktʃə)
Also called: stylostixis 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
[C17: from Latin acus needle + puncture]

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Word Origin & History

1680s, "pricking with a needle" to ease pain, from L. acus "needle" (see acuity) + Eng. puncture. The verb is first recorded 1972.
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Medical Dictionary

acupuncture ac·u·punc·ture (āk'yə-pŭngk'chər)
A procedure in which specific body areas associated with peripheral nerves are pierced with fine needles to produce anesthesia, relieve pain, and promote therapy.

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acupuncture   (āk'y-pŭngk'chər)  Pronunciation Key 
The practice of inserting thin needles into the body at specific points to relieve pain, treat a disease, or anesthetize a body part during surgery. Acupuncture has its origin in traditional Chinese medicine and has been in use for more than 5,000 years.
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Cultural Dictionary
acupuncture [(ak-yuh-pungk-chuhr)]

A technique, which originated in China, for curing disease, relieving pain, or bringing about partial anesthesia by inserting needles into the body at specific points.

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Example sentences
Acupuncture is now a common alternative treatment for certain kinds of pain.
Broad anecdotal evidence suggests acupuncture can effectively treat a host of
  ailments in animals.
In mice, inserting and rotating acupuncture needles releases adenosine, which
  blocks pain signals.
The explanations for pressure points and acupuncture have a lot in common.
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