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Definition of tourniquet

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

Examples of tourniquet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hanlon tied a tourniquet from the first aid kit around the man’s arm, and the bleeding slowed. Madeline Buckley,, "Off-duty Chicago police officer uses tourniquet to save man who broke out glass window to escape blaze in Old Town apartment building," 28 Nov. 2020 The bodycam video shows the officers approach Streeter and put a tourniquet on his leg, where he was shot. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Bodycam video released of Phoenix officers shooting man accused of assaulting woman, pointing gun at himself," 26 Nov. 2020 The driver and two passengers — including a person officers tried to treat by applying a tourniquet on his leg — died at the scene, police said. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Authorities identify three teens killed in SUV crash in Mount Hope," 29 Oct. 2020 Colleagues dragged Mattingly, wounded and bleeding heavily from his thigh, out to a parking lot and used a belt as a tourniquet, Hoover said. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "A door busted open. A chaotic scene. A life taken. What the Breonna Taylor grand jury audio reveals," 3 Oct. 2020 The officers applied a tourniquet and medics took the man to a hospital, Butchart said. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDPD investigating incident that reportedly left one neighbor shot, another stabbed near Sunset Cliffs," 31 Oct. 2020 At first Schreier used her sweatshirt as a tourniquet and then a strap from the saddle. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Horse dies after being shot with arrow during trail ride in Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine Forest," 29 Oct. 2020 Officers gave the shooter first aid and applied a tourniquet to his leg, Hansen said. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Police shoot man who crashed car into Bedford Heights building, Maple Heights chief says," 28 Oct. 2020 Gonzalez lifts the man’s left arm and starts wrapping a tourniquet around it near the elbow. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, "LAPD video shows officer applying tourniquet to man who blew off hand after Lakers win," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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30 Nov 2020

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“Tourniquet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of tourniquet

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


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Medical Definition of tourniquet

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

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