Definition of acupuncture in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈakyo͞oˌpəNG(k)(t)SHər/


A system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West.
Example sentences
  • Other useful complementary treatments include acupuncture, chiropractic, yoga and hypnosis.
  • He developed his own system of Energy Medicine which was initially based on Chinese acupuncture.
  • We can see how acupuncture, homoeopathy and herbalism might be tested.


Late 17th century: from Latin acu 'with a needle' + puncture.

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Syllabification: ac·u·punc·ture

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