• WordNet 3.6
    • n acupressure treatment of symptoms by applying pressure with the fingers to specific pressure points on the body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Acupressure (Surg) A mode of arresting hemorrhage resulting from wounds or surgical operations, by passing under the divided vessel a needle, the ends of which are left exposed externally on the cutaneous surface.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acupressure In surgery, a method (first published by Sir J. Y. Simpson in 1859) of stopping hemorrhage in arteries during amputations, etc., consisting in pressing the artery closely by means of a pin or needle or bit of inelastic wire, introduced through the sides or flaps of the wound, instead of tying with a thread. There are various modes of inserting the pin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Acupressure ak-ū-presh′ūr a mode of arresting hemorrhage from cut arteries, by inserting a needle into the flesh so as to press across the mouth of the artery.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. acus, needle + premere, pressum, to press
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. acus, a needle, and Pressure.


In literature:

ACUPRESSURE, checking hemorrhage in arteries during an operation by compressing their orifices with a needle.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
His friends endeavoured to rank acupressure with chloroform as one of the blessings to humanity made manifest by him.
"Sir James Young Simpson and Chloroform (1811-1870)" by Henry Laing Gordon

In news:

A Vietnamese acupressure technique, Dien Chan, is being given, and taught, by an instructor of 32 years, Hue Loc, pictured left, at no charge at the Vietnamese Cultural Center in West Seattle through Nov 11.
Let your fingers do the healing with acupressure .
Do it yourself acupressure can provide relief from muscle pain.
Acupressure Wristbands Help Reduce Nausea in Cancer Patients.
We got her some acupressure wristbands used to combat seasickness.
Nineteen-year-old Kimba is the first elephant that zoo officials know of to receive acupuncture and acupressure.
The elastic band uses the techniques of maintained pressure and acupressure to calm dogs by affecting the sensory receptors, the company adds.