pressure point

noun

Definition of pressure point 

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.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

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According to Krebs, holding the two pressure points at the same time resets the internal body clock, easing the effects of jet lag. Nicole Defeudis, BostonGlobe.com, "Uplift app says it can deliver a natural remedy to jet lag," 11 Apr. 2018 The sand-color twinset also has built-in pressure points, bringing yogis one step closer to rest and relaxation. Katie Devlin, Vogue, "The Best Clothes to Work Out (and Sweat) in All Summer," 5 July 2018 Those are extremely strong pressure points in addition to investors. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Charlotte and Dave Willner, plus Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky on Recode Decode," 9 July 2018 Perhaps most importantly, these two issues mark areas where Democrats and the more moderate Murkowski and Collins have common ground, serving as effective pressure points for securing their votes, the source said. Li Zhou, Vox, "Schumer faces the most important Supreme Court fight for Democrats in a generation," 6 July 2018 An officer again appears to hold the suspect by the pressure point near his ear while searching for a gun. Ray Sanchez And Keith Allen, CNN, "Mesa, Arizona, police video shows officers punch, mock suspect," 14 June 2018 Castro-Ramirez will brief the council Wednesday on a number of data points that paint a stark portrait of the increasing pressure points around housing. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Housing task force to deliver recommendations to City Council," 20 June 2018 The new valuation method, though, could be another pressure point for borrowers at a time when the benchmark yield is near a 3 1/2-year high. Subhadip Sircar, Bloomberg.com, "Pain for India's State Bond Market Is Good, Investors Say," 15 June 2018 As police pull the suspect up and take him to a squad car, one officer can be seen in the video grabbing and holding the suspect by what the police report describes as a pressure point behind his ear. Ray Sanchez And Keith Allen, CNN, "Mesa, Arizona, police video shows officers punch, mock suspect," 14 June 2018

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1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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pressure point

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pressure point

: 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

pressure point

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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. Donohue, The Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News, 28 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 Andres, The Florida Times-Union, 2 June 2011

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