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Topic: ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: acus ( ACUTE) + English puncture

acupuncture

noun
     
acupuncture
ac‧u‧punc‧ture [uncountable]
MA a treatment for pain and disease that involves pushing special needles into parts of the body:
the four main acupuncture points
acupuncturist noun [countable]
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