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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Acupuntura

Acupuncture (AK-yoo-PUNK-cher)
The technique of inserting thin needles through the skin at specific points on the body to control pain and other symptoms. It is a type of complementary and alternative medicine.

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