tourniquet

noun tour·ni·quet \ ˈtu̇r-ni-kət , ˈtər- \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of tourniquet

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


TOURNIQUET Defined for English Language Learners

tourniquet

noun

Definition of tourniquet for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TOURNIQUET Defined for Kids

tourniquet

noun tour·ni·quet \ ˈtu̇r-ni-kət \

Definition of tourniquet for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

tourniquet

noun 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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