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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
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.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your dim mak search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| diǎn xué
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
| diǎn mài
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||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|diǎn mài / dian3 mai4 / dian mai / dianmai||tien mai / tienmai|
|tenketsu||diǎn xué / dian3 xue2 / dian xue / dianxue||tien 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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