jīng (經)

in Chinese medicine, this character is generally translated as “channel,” or the older “meridians.” Jīng (經) is used in the title of many venerated texts, where it is typically translated as “Classic,” as in Yìjīng (易經), Dàodéjīng (道德經), Nèijīng (內經), and many others. Thus jīng (經) refers to the fundamental “organizing principle” of some dynamic process. These jīng (經) are often longitudinal, as in the channels/meridians of the human body, though also these classic texts can be thought of as progressions, both within and among their chapters.

Modern Chinese medicine includes several important multi-character terms including the character “jīng (經),” such as jīngmài (經脈), jīngluò (經絡), and qíjīngbāmài (奇經八脈).

In Nèijīng (內經), jīng (經) is also used together with jì (紀) to form jīngjì (經紀).

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