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Body piercing is a form of body modification which usually refers to the piercing of a part of the human body for the purpose of wearing jewelry in the opening created. The word "piercing" can refer to the act or practice of body piercing, or to a specific pierced opening in the body. Play piercing is a temporary piercing often for the fun of piercing.

Some people practice piercing for religious or other cultural reasons. Many individuals, particularly in the modern West, choose to be pierced for spiritual, ornamental, or sexual reasons.