he·​mo·​stat ˈhē-mə-ˌstat How to pronounce hemostat (audio)
: hemostatic
especially : an instrument for compressing a bleeding vessel

Examples of hemostat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a patch on the suspenders for clipping on a hemostat, and a small fly patch and tool port on the chest pocket. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, 7 Sep. 2018 There’s a flip-out pocket sewn into the bib that can hold spools of tippet, a bag of split shot, and even a retractor to leash a hemostat. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, 7 Sep. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hemostat was circa 1900

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“Hemostat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemostat. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British haemostat
: an instrument and especially forceps for compressing a bleeding vessel

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