sphygmomanometer

noun

sphyg·​mo·​ma·​nom·​e·​ter ˌsfig-mō-mə-ˈnä-mə-tər How to pronounce sphygmomanometer (audio)
: an instrument for measuring blood pressure and especially arterial blood pressure
sphygmomanometry noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The gold-standard method was the old-school auscultatory method, which involves the arm-squeezing sphygmomanometer and a clinician listening for thumps with a stethoscope. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 9 June 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Greek sphygmos pulse (from sphyzein to throb) + International Scientific Vocabulary manometer

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sphygmomanometer was circa 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Sphygmomanometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sphygmomanometer. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

sphygmomanometer

noun

sphyg·​mo·​ma·​nom·​e·​ter ˌsfig-mō-mə-ˈnäm-ət-ər How to pronounce sphygmomanometer (audio)
: an instrument for measuring blood pressure

Medical Definition

sphygmomanometer

noun

sphyg·​mo·​ma·​nom·​e·​ter ˌsfig-mō-mə-ˈnäm-ət-ər How to pronounce sphygmomanometer (audio)
: an instrument for measuring blood pressure and especially arterial blood pressure

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