sphyg·​mo·​ma·​nom·​e·​ter | \ ˌsfig-mō-mə-ˈnä-mə-tər How to pronounce sphygmomanometer (audio) \

Definition of sphygmomanometer

: an instrument for measuring blood pressure and especially arterial blood pressure

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sphygmomanometry \ ˌsfig-​mō-​mə-​ˈnä-​mə-​trē How to pronounce sphygmomanometry (audio) \ noun

Examples of sphygmomanometer in a Sentence

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, "Monitoring your blood pressure? Careful, 70% of home devices may be inaccurate," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of sphygmomanometer

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sphygmomanometer

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

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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 22 Sep. 2020.

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sphyg·​mo·​ma·​nom·​e·​ter | \ ˌsfig-mō-mə-ˈnäm-ət-ər How to pronounce sphygmomanometer (audio) \

Medical Definition of sphygmomanometer

: an instrument for measuring blood pressure and especially arterial blood pressure

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