pressure point

noun

Definition of pressure point

1 a :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.
  • Vogue
b :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 Andres
c :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 :a sensitive critical issue or matter that can be exploited for one's advantage
  • political pressure points

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 :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. DonohueThe Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News28 Feb. 1996
— compare bedsore
2 :a discrete point on the body to which pressure is applied (as in acupressure or reflexology) for therapeutic purposes
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 AndresThe Florida Times-Union2 June 2011

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