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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Aguja de acupuntura

Acupuncture needle (AK-yoo-PUNK-cher NEE-dul)
A stainless steel needle that is slightly thicker than a human hair. Acupuncture needles are inserted through the skin at specific points on the body to control pain and other symptoms.



 
 
Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.