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[sfig-moh-muh-nom-i-ter] /ˌsfɪg moʊ məˈnɒm ɪ tər/
noun, Physiology
an instrument, often attached to an inflatable air-bladder cuff and used with a stethoscope, for measuring blood pressure in an artery.
Origin of sphygmomanometer
1860-65; sphygmo- + manometer
Related forms
[sfig-moh-man-uh-me-trik] /ˌsfɪg moʊˌmæn əˈmɛ trɪk/ (Show IPA),
sphygmomanometry, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sphygmomanometer
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  • He who worships his sphygmomanometer as a thing apart and infallible will sooner or later come to grief.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • Dr. Beardsley packed his stethoscope and sphygmomanometer back in his bag and wrote a prescription, which he handed to Gram.

    The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for sphygmomanometer


(med) an instrument for measuring arterial blood pressure
Word Origin
C19: from sphygmo- + manometer, on the model of French sphygmomanomètre
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Word Origin and History for sphygmomanometer

1891, from comb. form of Greek sphygmos "pulse," from sphyzein "to beat, throb" + -meter.

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sphygmomanometer in Medicine

sphygmomanometer sphyg·mo·ma·nom·e·ter (sfĭg'mō-mā-nŏm'ĭ-tər) or sphyg·mom·e·ter (sfĭg-mŏm'ĭ-tər)
An instrument for measuring blood pressure in the arteries, especially one consisting of a pressure gauge and a rubber cuff that wraps around the upper arm and inflates to constrict the arteries.

sphyg'mo·man'o·met'ric (-mān'ə-mět'rĭk) adj.
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