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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.