Definition of acupuncture in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈakjʊˌpʌŋ(k)tʃə/


[mass noun]
A system of complementary medicine in which fine needles are inserted in the skin at specific points along what are considered to be lines of energy (meridians), used in the treatment of various physical and mental conditions.
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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