cup·​ping | \ ˈkə-piŋ How to pronounce cupping (audio) \

Definition of cupping

: 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

Recent Examples on the Web Lay out the strips, alternating the growth rings to minimize cupping in the top, and number consecutively. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Kitchen Table That Will Last Generations," 14 Nov. 2020 The tree branches have new growth, but the leaves keep curling/cupping and then having some brown tips that are dry and crunchy. oregonlive, "Is this beetle good or bad for the garden? Ask an expert," 9 Oct. 2020 Two of the tell-tale signs that your dog is tired or dehydrated is a low tail and a cupping of the tongue while the dog is panting. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "8 Drills to Do Right Now to Get Your Gun Dog Ready for Fall," 17 Aug. 2020 The hour-long classes, held every Thursday evening for $10, teach people how to use massage balls (or household items like tennis balls or a hand towel) and how to do cupping, which uses suction to improve blood flow and reduce tension. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Physical therapists, chiropractors and massage therapists teach DIY treatments during coronavirus crisis," 21 Apr. 2020 Use three screws in each piece to prevent cupping and to support the weight of the logs [2]. Mark Clement, Popular Mechanics, "Build This Simple Log Rack To Hone Your Woodworking Skills," 11 July 2020 To maintain safety, Oak Haven and other massage spas have had to take some regular features off the massage table, such as cupping tools, table warmers and extra cushions. René A. Guzman,, "What it’s like getting a massage or physical therapy during coronavirus pandemic," 15 June 2020 The fit—a nice cupping heel to keep my foot in place, with an arched midfoot and a wide toe box—married the best of performance and comfort. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Light Hiking Shoes We've Tested and Trust," 8 June 2020 Now in its 32nd year, Brightwater the Spa offers traditional spa treatments, like facials and lash extensions, as well as newer options like LED light therapy and body contouring with cupping., "Best of Howard County 2019: Residents’ favorite people, places and things to do," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of cupping

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Cupping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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Medical Definition of cupping

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

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