from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A treatment in which evacuated glass cups are applied to intact or scarified skin in order to draw blood toward or through the surface. It was used for disorders associated with an excess of blood, one of the four humors of medieval physiology.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The operation of drawing blood to or from the surface of the person by forming a partial vacuum over the spot.
- n. A similar operation for drawing pus from an abscess.
- n. Fire cupping, a traditional therapeutic treatment called in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin, supposedly to draw blood towards the surface.
- n. The taking of a small amount of a beverage such as tea or coffee into the mouth in order to taste it; a session where this is done.
- v. Present participle of cup.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The operation of drawing blood to or from the surface of the person by forming a partial vacuum over the spot. Also, sometimes, a similar operation for drawing pus from an abscess.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In surgery, the application of the cupping-glass.
- n. A concavity in the end of a cylindrical casting, produced by the shrinkage of the metal.
- n. A shallow countersink.
- n. The taking of a concave form, as tobacco leaves do in drying, when placed face to back. Cupping is prevented by stringing the leaves face to face and back to back.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a treatment in which evacuated cups are applied to the skin to draw blood through the surface
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