tour·ni·quet | \ ˈtu̇r-ni-kət , ˈtər- \

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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His mom wrapped her scarf around the arm as a makeshift tourniquet while waiting for emergency medical crews. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "A boy's arm was severed in an accident. But his mom's quick thinking saved him.," 25 June 2018 A National Institute of Health study of civilian tourniquet application found a six-fold reduction in death for injuries to arteries and veins in limbs. Kathy Boccella,, "Nothing has stopped the wave of school shootings. Now districts are buying war-zone trauma kits," 11 June 2018 That officer quickly applies a tourniquet as blood from her right arm streams onto the hood of the patrol car. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Cop steps in when dad stabs his 2-year-old daughter and her mom with a steak knife, video shows | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 15 May 2018 Police also found a black zippered sunglasses case containing a tweezer, a tin cooker and a rubber tourniquet during a search of the vehicle, according to a police report. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Northern Ozaukee County police report: Students caught 'vaping' at Port Washington H.S.," 24 Jan. 2018 Mikowski and a responding Ada County Sheriff's Office sergeant applied tourniquets to Mikowski's legs. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Meridian officer, chasing fugitive alone, didn't know who he'd shot until it was over," 3 July 2018 On the beach, bystanders and staff members tended to the man’s wounds, applying multiple tourniquets before paramedics arrived, Grace said. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A shark bumped a Hawaii man off a stand-up paddleboard, then attacked," 1 Apr. 2018 Justify leaves Churchill Downs Wednesday morning to fly to the Belmont Courier Journal The Triple Crown is more of a tourniquet than a transfusion. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Even a Triple Crown won't end the problems facing horse racing," 6 June 2018 The kits have a tourniquet, a chest seal that can be used for someone shot in the chest and trauma gauze that is able to stop bleeding in seconds. Larry Barszewski,, "Broward commission condemns school shooting video game," 5 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of tourniquet

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


tour·ni·quet | \ ˈtu̇r-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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