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cupping

noun cup·ping

Medical Definition of cupping

  1. 1:  a technique formerly employed for drawing blood to the surface of the body by application of a glass vessel from which air had been evacuated by heat to form a partial vacuum

  2. 2:  a concave depression in a body organ; also :  the formation of such a depression




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