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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [noun ak-yoo-puhngk-cher; verb ak-yoo-puhngk-cher, ak-yoo-puhngk-]
    • /noun ˈæk yʊˌpʌŋk tʃər; verb ˈæk yʊˌpʌŋk tʃər, ˌæk yʊˈpʌŋk-/
    • /ˈæk.jʊ.pʌŋk.tʃər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [noun ak-yoo-puhngk-cher; verb ak-yoo-puhngk-cher, ak-yoo-puhngk-]
    • /noun ˈæk yʊˌpʌŋk tʃər; verb ˈæk yʊˌpʌŋk tʃər, ˌæk yʊˈpʌŋk-/

Definitions of acupuncture word

  • uncountable noun acupuncture Acupuncture is the treatment of a person's illness or pain by sticking small needles into their body at certain places. 3
  • noun acupuncture the insertion of the tips of needles into the skin at specific points for the purpose of treating various disorders by stimulating nerve impulses. Originally Chinese, this method of treatment is practised in many parts of the world 3
  • noun acupuncture the ancient practice, esp. as carried on by the Chinese, of piercing parts of the body with needles in seeking to treat disease or relieve pain 3
  • noun acupuncture a Chinese medical practice or procedure that treats illness or provides local anesthesia by the insertion of needles at specified sites of the body. 1
  • verb with object acupuncture to perform acupuncture on. 1
  • noun acupuncture 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. 1

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Origin of acupuncture

First appearance:

before 1675
One of the 48% oldest English words
1675-85; < Latin acū with a needle (ablative of acus needle) or acu- (as combining form of acus) + puncture

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Parts of speech for Acupuncture


acupuncture popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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