pressure point

noun

Definition of pressure point

  1. 1a :  an area on the body sensitive to pressure: such as (1) :  a discrete point on the body that when pressed causes pain The technique involves using pressure points along the jaw to cause pain and induce temporary paralysis of the jaw. — Margaret Harding (2) :  a point on the body to which pressure is applied (as in acupressure or reflexology) for therapeutic purposes … an ancient Chinese art and science that uses pressure points in the feet and hands to relax and revitalize the entire body. — Vogueb :  a point on the body where a blood vessel (such as the femoral artery) can be compressed against an underlying bone to slow blood flow and control bleeding … begin controlling bleeding by pressing on pressure points or by applying tourniquets. — Shakava Andresc :  a region of the body where a static position tends to cause circulatory deficiency and the development of bedsores Pressure points of the human body when lying down in bed receive poor blood circulation, which causes the sore. — Mike Cote

  2. 2 :  a sensitive critical issue or matter that can be exploited for one's advantage political pressure points

1882

First Known Use of pressure point

1882


PRESSURE POINT Defined for English Language Learners

pressure point

noun

Definition of pressure point for English Language Learners

  • : a place on your body that can be pressed to stop tension or pain

  • : a place on your body where a blood vessel is near the bone and can be pressed to stop bleeding

  • : a place, area, or situation that is a source or possible source of problems : a point where pressure is applied or felt


Medical Dictionary

pressure point

noun

Medical Definition of pressure point

  1. 1:  a region of the body in which the distribution of soft and skeletal parts is such that a static position (as of a part in a cast or of a bedridden person) tends to cause circulatory deficiency and necrosis due to local compression of blood vessels Saggy mattresses invite bedsores. One of the best preventive steps for a bedridden patient is use of the special eggcrate foam mattresses that distribute patient weight more evenly softening major pressure points.—Paul G. Donohue, The Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News, 28 Feb. 1996—compare bedsore

  2. 2:  a discrete point on the body to which pressure is applied (as in acupressure or reflexology) for therapeutic purposes

  3. 3:  a point on the body where a blood vessel (as the brachial or femoral artery) can be compressed against an underlying bone to slow blood flow and control bleeding Even before you leave the water, begin controlling bleeding by pressing on pressure points or by applying tourniquets.—Shakava Andres, The Florida Times-Union, 2 June 2011

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