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

Examples of tourniquet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, but school resource officers used a tourniquet to help one of the victims, police have said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 24 Nov. 2021 Jamila is resourceful enough to get a tourniquet on Mr. Edwards, but overall, the kids are in disarray. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 22 Oct. 2021 The Hartford Consensus led the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Emergency Physicians to endorse tourniquet use by professional first responders. Frank K. Butler And John B. Holcomb, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2020 One was in emergency surgery after a school resource officer applied a lifesaving tourniquet, Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said. NBC News, 15 Nov. 2021 Davis also told the station that surfers applied a tourniquet to the wound. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 An officer put a tourniquet on the boy until medics arrived, officials said. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 9 Oct. 2021 Others nearby were able to help the man by applying a tourniquet made of surfboard leashes to his leg while waiting for emergency personnel. Katie Campione,, 5 Oct. 2021 Fellow surfers carried Steinley up the bluff on a surfboard after stanching the bleeding with the board leash as a tourniquet. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Oct. 2021

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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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“Tourniquet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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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