moxa

noun
\ ˈmäk-sə How to pronounce moxa (audio) \

Definition of moxa

: a soft woolly mass prepared from the ground young leaves of a Eurasian artemisia (especially Artemisia vulgaris) that is used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine typically in the form of sticks or cones which are ignited and placed on or close to the skin or used to heat acupuncture needles

First Known Use of moxa

1675, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moxa

New Latin, from Japanese mogusa

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“Moxa.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moxa. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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moxa

noun
\ ˈmäk-sə How to pronounce moxa (audio) \

Medical Definition of moxa

1 : a soft woolly mass prepared from the ground young leaves of a Eurasian artemisia (especially Artemisia vulgaris) that is used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine typically in the form of sticks or cones which are ignited and placed on or close to the skin or used to heat acupuncture needles
2 : any of various substances applied and ignited like moxa as a counterirritant

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