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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An attorney for the wounded man told CNN affiliate KMGH that the bullet hit a main artery and that his client could have bled to death if someone had not applied a tourniquet to his leg. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Dancing FBI agent who shot someone is due in court on assault charge," 13 June 2018 After Fox created a makeshift tourniquet to stop the flow of blood long enough to get her to the hospital, surgeons were able to save Ndlovu’s life. Fox News, "Bride whose arm was bitten off by crocodile gets married days after attack," 7 May 2018 Rescuers placed tourniquets on her mangled legs and got her to the hospital within eight minutes. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, "D.C. honors firefighters, paramedics for saving lives and limbs," 28 Apr. 2018 His teenage daughter was crying, her left arm shattered and tied with a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "Could Yemen’s humanitarian crisis — the most dire in the world — be about to get dramatically worse?," 14 June 2018 While all schools have first-aid supplies, many do not stock advanced wound care equipment such as tourniquets, which require specialized training to use properly. Kathy Boccella,, "Nothing has stopped the wave of school shootings. Now districts are buying war-zone trauma kits," 11 June 2018 And military experience demonstrates that swiftly stanching bleeds with tourniquets can reduce deaths from limb injuries by half. Felice J. Freyer,, "Stopping a deadly bleed: it’s more complicated than you think," 9 May 2018 If not for Gray, the Aztecs might have stopped the bleeding enough with that turnover tourniquet to see another day in the NCAA sun. Bryce Miller,, "Costly turnovers create NCAA-bruising hole in Aztecs' loss to Cougars," 16 Mar. 2018 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

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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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