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Pronunciation: ak′yū-punk′chŭr


  1. An ancient Asian system of therapy in which long, fine needles are inserted into discrete areas of the body that are considered linked to symptoms or disease.
  2. More recently, acupuncture anesthesia or analgesia.

[L. acus, needle, + puncture]

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