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diǎn mài
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Dim Mak or 點脈 is a martial arts term that refers to hitting a pressure point.

It is often theorized that hitting just the right (or wrong) pressure point can cause instant death. Hence, I have seen Dim Mak mistranslated as "death punch" or "touch of death". But really, this is just the point (點) of pulse or meridian (脈) - aka pressure point.

See Also:  點穴

Pressure Points

diǎn xué
Pressure Points Scroll

點穴 means pressure points in Chinese and Japanese.

In the context of martial arts, this term is used to refer to hitting a pressure point or vulnerable body cavity. 點穴 is not the term "dim mak" but it often used in lieu of or with dim mak.

In medical terms, this is just pressure points, which can be places for acupuncture or application of moxibustion.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition



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diǎn xué
    dian3 xue2
tien hsüeh
Pressure Points Scroll
to hit a pressure point (martial arts); dim mak; see also 點脈|点脉[dian3 mai4]
(out-dated kanji) (1) pressure points (e.g. for application of moxa); (2) (martial arts term) vulnerable body cavities



see styles
diǎn mài
    dian3 mai4
tien mai
Pressure Points Scroll
to hit a pressure point (martial arts); dim mak; see also 點穴|点穴[dian3 xue2]

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Dim Mak點脈
diǎn mài / dian3 mai4 / dian mai / dianmaitien mai / tienmai
Pressure Points點穴
tenketsudiǎn xué / dian3 xue2 / dian xue / dianxuetien hsüeh / tienhsüeh
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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