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[gur-nee] /ˈgɜr ni/
noun, plural gurneys.
a flat, padded table or stretcher with legs and wheels, for transporting patients or bodies.
1935-40; of unexplained orig. Unabridged
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  • Meanwhile, two emergency medical technicians wheel an injured patient on a gurney into the hallway of a packed waiting room.
  • There's also the motorcycle rider, decapitated in an accident, who arrives on a gurney with his head riding shotgun.
  • The only sign of anything unusual was a big hairy arm sticking out from under a sheet on a gurney.
  • The general procedure is for the condemned to be strapped onto a gurney and wheeled into the execution chamber.
  • They slid the frozen body onto a stainless steel gurney.
  • There is, for example, the simple matter of how a body is moved from gurney to table.
  • Instead she rested on a gurney, alert and calm, taking deep breaths at her hypnotherapist's instruction.
British Dictionary definitions for gurney


(US) a wheeled stretcher for transporting hospital patients
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin


Ivor (Bertie). 1890–1937, British poet and composer, noted esp for his songs and his poems of World War I
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Word Origin and History for gurney

by 1921, of unknown origin. It also is a surname.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gurney in Medicine

gurney gur·ney (gûr'nē)
n. pl. gur·neys
A metal stretcher with wheeled legs, used for transporting patients.

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