cup·​ping ˈkə-piŋ How to pronounce cupping (audio)
: an operation of drawing blood to the surface of the body by use of a glass vessel evacuated by heat

Examples of cupping in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cupping was in the 14th century

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“Cupping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


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

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