Definition of acupuncture noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈækjupʌŋktʃə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈækjupʌŋktʃər//
[uncountable] Complementary medicine
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a Chinese method of treating pain and illness using special thin needles which are pushed into the skin in particular parts of the body Wordfinderacupuncture, chiropractor, complementary medicine, herbalism, holistic, homeopathy, hypnotist, massage, reflexology, treatment See related entries: Complementary medicine Word Originlate 17th cent.: from Latin acu ‘with a needle’ + puncture.Extra examples Acupuncture has been practised in China for thousands of years. I’m having acupuncture for a bad back. My doctor recommended a course of acupuncture. Needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points in the body.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: acupuncture