Sunday, December 19, 2010

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Acupuncture

According to the Dictionary Reference Acupuncture is"a Chinese medical practice or procedure that treats illness or provides local anesthesia by the insertion of needles at specified sites of the body. This is an example of acupuncture.
According to the Etymology Dictionary acupuncture derives from the latin (acus-) meaning"needle" + (-puncture) meaning "to prick, pierce".
Acupressure, "an alternative medicine technique derived from acupuncture. In acupressure physical pressure is applied to acupuncture ponits by the hand, elbow, or with various devices" has got the same root as aeronautics, but at the same time as acuity, acumen.
Other words with the root -punctus are punctilious, punctuation, punctuate.


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