tour·​ni·​quet | \ ˈtu̇r-ni-kət How to pronounce tourniquet (audio) , ˈtər- How to pronounce tourniquet (audio) \

Definition of tourniquet

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

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The organization also trains citizens and staff to properly use a tourniquet to stop bleeding. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Cypress Creek EMS improving service ability with military fellowship," 6 Aug. 2019 Chizanskos fashioned a tourniquet from a scarf to slow the bleeding. Los Angeles Times, "A 19-year-old with a semiautomatic rifle shatters Gilroy’s beloved garlic festival, killing 3, including 2 children," 30 July 2019 One example: for the tourniquet program, the TEA will approve training for the kits by Oct. 1, with school districts developing and launching their plans by the start of next year. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Santa Fe shooting leads to an overhaul of Texas school safety, but progress is slow going," 27 July 2019 Other common makeshift tourniquets could include neckties and belts. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "7 things to look for in a teen's bedroom that can tell you he or she is doing drugs," 22 July 2019 After direct pressure and a tourniquet would not stop the bleeding, the airlift got her to Friendship in Northwest Washington in about 20 minutes, which probably saved her life, Ryan said. Washington Post, "Kylie, an injured D.C. cadaver dog, is recovering after rescuers rushed her to treatment by helicopter," 17 July 2019 But the shift was more of a tourniquet than a cure. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Trouble Seeing a Specialist? Here’s What’s Driving the ‘Doctor Draught’," 15 July 2019 As more gunfire victims piled up, first responders and local hospitals ran out of tourniquets. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Las Vegas police share the many lessons learned after deadliest massacre in modern US history," 11 July 2019 Local officials also have focused on ways to improve emergency response at area beaches this season, such as installing emergency call boxes and first aid kits stuffed with tourniquets and other medical supplies. Fox News, "Cape Cod researchers to track, place video cameras on great white sharks in bid to keep beachgoers safe," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of tourniquet

1695, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tourniquet

French, turnstile, tourniquet, from tourner to turn, from Old French — more at turn

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The first known use of tourniquet was in 1695

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English Language Learners Definition of tourniquet

: 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


tour·​ni·​quet | \ ˈtu̇r-ni-kət How to pronounce tourniquet (audio) \

Kids Definition of tourniquet

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


tour·​ni·​quet | \ ˈtu̇r-ni-kət How to pronounce tourniquet (audio) , ˈtər- How to pronounce tourniquet (audio) \

Medical Definition of tourniquet

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

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