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tourniquet

noun tour·ni·quet \ˈtr-ni-kət, ˈtər-\

: a bandage, strip of cloth, etc., that is tied tightly around an injured arm or leg to stop or slow the bleeding from a wound

Full Definition of TOURNIQUET

:  a device (as a band of rubber) that checks bleeding or blood flow by compressing blood vessels
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Origin of TOURNIQUET

French, turnstile, tourniquet, from tourner to turn, from Old French — more at turn
First Known Use: 1695

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TOURNIQUET Defined for Kids

tourniquet

noun tour·ni·quet \ˈtr-ni-kət\

Definition of TOURNIQUET for Kids

:  a device (as a bandage twisted tight) for stopping bleeding or blood flow
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tourniquet

noun tour·ni·quet \ˈtr-ni-kət, ˈtər-\

Medical Definition of TOURNIQUET

:  a device (as a bandage twisted tight with a stick) to check bleeding or blood flow

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