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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

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Recent Examples on the Web The two people were transported to an area hospital, one while reportedly wearing a tourniquet applied, according to reports. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Dog attack during smoke in Pearland neighborhood leaves 2 injured," 12 Sep. 2019 The kits include tourniquets and other medical devices that can be used to staunch bleeding until first emergency medical crews arrive. Larry Barszewski,, "Schools get 'stop-the-bleed’ equipment that could save lives," 12 Sep. 2019 Deputies placed tourniquets on Rivera-Cornejo’s legs while family members continued CPR, according to the sheriff’s office. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "San Jose man killed in horrific houseboat accident," 9 Sep. 2019 Officers at the scene were asking for belts to use as tourniquets, so Williams took his belt off. Julie Bosman,, "Back-to-back bursts of gun violence in El Paso and Dayton stun country," 4 Aug. 2019 Robert Irwin: Steve Irwin’s son looks JUST like his dad in side-by-side photo with crocodile years apart The man's bleeding was treated with napkins and a belt used as a tourniquet before paramedics arrived. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "A man was bitten in the arm by Fidel Castro's old crocodile in Sweden," 16 Apr. 2019 Sharpies are supplied for writing the time in which tourniquets were applied, and candy helps diabetic children with low blood sugar hiding in darkness. The Washington Post,, "New high school in Michigan designed to cut the killing potential of a mass shooter," 22 Aug. 2019 No broken bones were reported, but one man had a makeshift tourniquet to stop the bleeding from a shrapnel wound, Gordon said. Sun-sentinel,, "23 injured when explosion in vacant Florida pizza shop tosses debris in air," 6 July 2019 One officer quickly applied a tourniquet to the woman’s upper thigh while four other officers lifted the machine to free her, officials said. Sofia Saric,, "Whitman woman sustains injuries after being pinned underneath heavy machinery," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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28 Sep 2019

Cite this Entry

“Tourniquet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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