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Topic: HOSPITAL

Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: masser 'to massage', from Arabic massa 'to stroke'

massage

1 noun
     
massage
mas‧sage1 [uncountable and countable]
MH the action of pressing and rubbing someone's body with your hands, to help them relax or to reduce pain in their muscles or joints:
Massage helps ease the pain.
Why don't you have a massage?
Joan gave me a gentle neck massage.
body/shoulder/foot etc massage
A full-body massage lasts around one hour.
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