pung-, punc-, punct-
(Latin: pungere, punctum to strike, to hit, to punch, to pierce, to puncture, to point, to sting, to bite; a dot, a mark; a point, a sharp point, a pinpoint)
These vocabulary roots have developed a confusing family of words which, on the surface, do not seem to be related; however, the entries in this unit really are derived from the roots and the meanings that appear in the headings of this unit.
2. A procedure for relief of pain or spasticity consisting of electrical stimulation through an electrode needle, which usually is inserted into the vicinity of a nerve.
The term was named for Dr. Reinhold Voll, who in 1939, started to apply electroacupuncture in his medical practice and in 1953, together with engineer F. Verner, started to develop his special method of electroacupuncture.
Electroacupuncture, also known as electroacupuncture according to Voll (EAV), electrodermal screening (EDS), bioelectric functions diagnosis (BFD), bio resonance therapy (BRT), or bio-energy regulatory technique (BER), is a controversial alternative medicine method of using electrodiagnostic devices to diagnose and to treat "energy imbalance" often using homeopathic products, first used by Reinhold Voll by combining acupuncture with galvanometer (detects, measures, and determines the direction of a small electric current) in 1958.
2. To eliminate completely; to annihilate: The old shed was expunged and destroyed and later there was no trace of it in the garden because of all the flowers and bushes that were planted in that spot.
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2. Puncture with a white-hot styliform cautery.
2. An influence or a significant effect: Snow and ice that has been going on in many parts of the U.S. have had a big impact on driving conditions.