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pressure point

a point on the skin that is extremely sensitive to pressure because of the presence of pressure-sensing organs.
a point on the body where relatively slight pressure serves to press an artery lying close to the surface against underlying bony tissue, so as to arrest the flow of blood into a part.
a sensitive, crucial area or issue against which concerted persuasion or pressure tactics can be wielded to produce a desired result:
Lobbyists attempt to find the pressure points of government.
Origin of pressure point
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for pressure point
  • He proceeded to break their hold, using every pressure point possible.
  • Since the previous contract, the financial crisis has created a new pressure point in the dispute.
  • The officers testified that they used the mandibular angle pressure point maneuver.
  • Locate the pressure point for the area that is bleeding and apply pressure to that pressure point.
  • The pressure point to use depends on the location of the wound.
  • The correct pressure point is between the wound and the heart.
  • Explain that the pressure point to be used depends on the location of the wound.
  • Such articles appear on a continual basis and serve as a pressure point for a cleaner, better government.
  • At this equal pressure point the tension of the elastic of the balloon is not as great so it feels soft instead of firm.
  • Select fan operating point to right hand side of peak static pressure point and near the peak of static efficiency.
British Dictionary definitions for pressure point

pressure point

any of several points on the body above an artery that, when firmly pressed, will control bleeding from the artery at a point farther away from the heart
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pressure point in Medicine

pressure point n.

  1. Any of the various locations on the body where pressure may be applied to control bleeding.

  2. A point that is extremely sensitive to the application of pressure.

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