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[tur-ni-kit, too r-] /ˈtɜr nɪ kɪt, ˈtʊər-/
Medicine/Medical, Surgery. any device for arresting bleeding by forcibly compressing a blood vessel, as a bandage tightened by twisting.
a device for pulling the parts of a wooden piece of furniture together, consisting of a pair of twisted cords passed around the parts.
Origin of tourniquet
1685-95; < French, derivative of tourner to turn Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tourniquet
  • The health care provider wraps a tourniquet or blood pressure cuff around your upper arm.
  • He started my instruction by putting a tourniquet on my arm and having us look together at my veins.
  • They accomplish this by opening a neck vein and then applying a tourniquet once they've taken a few pints.
  • He applied a tourniquet to his wrist and continued to radio for support and direct the operation before being evacuated.
  • The mainliner also requires a tourniquet of some sort to distend veins.
  • His friends wrapped a tourniquet around his right thigh and applied pressure to the left while they waited for an ambulance.
  • Her brother made a tourniquet with a length of electrical wire.
  • He made a tourniquet from a length of electrical wire.
  • While the tube stays in place, the needle and tourniquet are removed.
  • Due to the shape and size of the abdomen, it is difficult to apply a tourniquet or effectively apply external compression.
British Dictionary definitions for tourniquet


/ˈtʊənɪˌkeɪ; ˈtɔː-/
(med) any instrument or device for temporarily constricting an artery of the arm or leg to control bleeding
Word Origin
C17: from French: device that operates by turning, from tourner to turn
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Word Origin and History for tourniquet

1690s, from French tourniquet "surgical tourniquet," also "turnstile," diminutive of torner "to turn," from Old French tourner, torner (see turn (v.)).

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tourniquet in Medicine

tourniquet tour·ni·quet (tur'nĭ-kĭt, tûr'-)
A device, typically a tightly encircling bandage, used to check bleeding by temporarily stopping the flow of blood through a large artery in a limb.

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