Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
late 14c., from Late Latin punctura "a pricking," from Latin punctus, past participle of pungere "to prick, pierce" (see pungent).
1690s, from puncture (n.). Related: Punctured; puncturing.
puncture punc·ture (pŭngk'chər)v. punc·tured, punc·tur·ing, punc·tures To pierce with a pointed object, as with a needle. n. A hole or depression made by a sharp object. Also called centesis.