- (rare) To pierce with a needle; to treat with acupuncture.
1830, George Tate, A Treatise on Hysteria, page 72:
- In the course of these months she was bled, leeched, acupunctuated, […] .
1865, “A Basque Pastorale”, in Macmillan's Magazine, volume 65, number 9, page 251:
- Indeed, a lady quietly remarked to the writer, with that exquisite sweet malice wherewith French ladies so much delight to acu-punctuate their English sisters, "I have never seen any English lady handle her fan nearly so gracefully as that Basque boy does; they ALWAYS make themselves in a heat by blowing so hard, but look at him."
1975, The American Scholar, volume 44, page 133:
- Who do you suppose get acupunctuated better, a Tibetan yak-herd or Chairman Mao?