acuto-, acut-, acuti-, acu-, -cusis; also, agu-

(Latin: sharp, to sharpen; point; needle, pin)

acupoint (s) (noun), acupoints (pl)
A sharp end or the place where a pin or a needle is applied.
The compresson of bleeding vessels by the insertion of needles into adjacent tissue; acupressure.
acupressure (s) (noun), acupressures (pl)
1. An application of force in bodily areas used for acupuncture for therapeutic reasons.
2. In medicine, the compression of a bleeding vessel by inserting needles into adjacent tissue; also points in the body used for finger or hand massage for remedial purposes.
acupressurist (s) (noun), acupressurists (pl)
Someone who applies force to a body area for therapeutic purposes.
acupunctuate (verb), acupunctuates; acupunctuated; acupunctuating
To pierce or penetrate the skin with a puncturing device.
acupuncturation (s) (noun), acupuncturations (pl)
The practice or process of inserting needles into living tissue; especially, for medical or therapeutical purposes.
acupuncture (lexicomedy)
A jab well done.
Acupuncture the hard way
acupuncture (s) (noun), acupunctures (pl)
1. The ancient oriental practice of piercing parts of the body with needles to treat diseases or to relieve pain; more recently, "acupuncture anesthesia" or "analgesia".
2. As adapted in Western medicine, the needles may be twirled or weak electrical current applied; also called stylostixis.

The quickest way to experience acupuncture is to try on a new shirt.


Acupuncture has its points.


Blunt words often have the sharpest edges.

—E.C McKenzie

Acupuncture is said to be a medical treatment that starts with being stuck with a needle and ends with being stuck with a medical bill.


Historical background of acupuncture

Acupuncture, the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body in order to relieve pain or to treat illness, was developed in China more than four thousand years ago.

It is based on the idea that the body contains an essential life energy known as qi (CHEE), which flows in channels or meridians. It was believed that qi was made up of two varieties of energy, yin and yang.

In the human body, the male or yang elements indicate the capacity for "activity and transformation", while the female or yin characteristics are associated with "circulation, nourishment, and growth"; and the balance between them needs to be maintained.

The purpose of the acupuncturist is to remove barriers to the flow of qi and to restore the balance of yin and yang and such objectives are thought to be achieved by the placement of needles at certain positions on the surface of the patient's body.

—Compiled from information located in
Science, Technology, and Society;
The Impact of Science from 2000 B.C. to the 18th Century
Editors: Judson Knight, Neil Schlager, Volume 1;
Thomson Gale; New York; 2002; page 20.
acupuncture analgesia (s) (noun), acupuncture analgesias (pl)
Feeling no pain or very little pain which is produced by the insertion of needles at certain points on the body: The acupuncture analgesia is used to activate small myelinated nerve fibers in the muscles which transmit impulses to the spinal cord and then activate three centers; including, the spinal cord, the midbrain, and the pituitary or hypothalamus in order to prevent feeling any pain.

One who practices acupuncture.
A needle.

A needle or needlelike instrument.

Cutting by means of an electrosurgical needle.
An electric needle used like a scapel for incising (cutting) into tissue.
The sharpness of a photographic or printed image; a numerical measure of this.
acutangular (uh-cute-ANG-you-luhr) (adjective), more acutangular, most acutangular
Descriptive of a shape that is made when two or more straight lines join or cross each other as measured in degrees: Any acutangular form is less than 90 degrees; such as, equilateral triangles which have three internal angles that are exactly the same size and shape to each other and are each 60 degrees.

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "sour, sharp": acerb-; aceto-; acid-; acies- (not "sour"); oxy-; pung- (not "sour").