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.
Variant of cup
- a small, open container for beverages, usually bowl-shaped and with a handle
- the bowl part of a drinking vessel
- a cup and its contents
- the amount a cup holds; cupful: a standard measuring cup holds 8 fluid ounces or 16 tablespoons: abbrev. C
- anything shaped like a cup or bowl
- an ornamental, usually metal, cup with a stem and base, given as a prize
- the chalice containing the wine at Communion
- the wine
- one's portion, share, or allotment: his cup of happiness was full
- something served as in a cup
- one of two sections of a bra that support the breasts
- a padded, hard-plastic protective device worn over the genitals by a male athlete
- Biol. any cuplike organ or structure
- Golf the container set in the hole sunk into the green, into which the ball drops; hole
- Med. a small glass bowl or similar object used in cupping
Origin of cupMiddle English and amp; Old English cuppe ; from Late Latin cuppa, altered ; from Classical Latin cupa, tub ; from Indo-European an unverified form keup-, a hollow ; from base an unverified form keu-, to bend, arch from source coomb, hump
in one's cups