the application to the skin of glass cups from which the air has been exhausted, in order to draw the blood to the surface: used, esp. formerly, to treat a variety of illnesses
A treatment in which evacuated glass cups are applied to intact or scarified skin in order to draw blood toward or through the surface. It was used for disorders associated with an excess of blood, one of the four humors of medieval physiology.
- (medicine, archaic) The operation of drawing blood to or from the surface of the person by forming a partial vacuum over the spot.
- (medicine, archaic) A similar operation for drawing pus from an abscess.
- (medicine) Fire cupping, a traditional therapeutic treatment called in which heated cupping glasses are applied to the skin, supposedly to draw blood towards the surface.
- The taking of a small amount of a beverage such as tea or coffee into the mouth in order to taste it; a session where this is done.
- Present participle of cup.