tourniquet

noun
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

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Officers applied a tourniquet to the victim with the leg wound and a field dressing to the victim with the gunshot to the abdomen. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "San Bruno police: Teen boys injured in Tanforan mall gunfight," 3 July 2019 Do not waste time on tourniquets, sucking or applying a snakebite kit. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Rattlesnake season is here. Be prepared.," 28 June 2019 Both applied their own clothes as tourniquets and remained with the victims until more help arrived. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "Rich Donnelly buried two children and nearly lost two more. He's speaking to men about family.," 9 June 2019 The two officers immediately began life-saving measures, including creating a makeshift tourniquet with a leather belt to stop the blood loss. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD police officers honored," 1 June 2018 Rudimentary field dressings and tourniquets are expected to patch up broken and severed limbs. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know Before Watching "They Shall Not Grow Old"," 28 Dec. 2018 Through soliciting donations and selling coffee to commuters, Mr. Leccese raised $4,500 for the kits, which include trauma shears, tourniquets, gloves, highly absorbent gauze and an instruction card. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "In Age of Mass Shootings, Boy Scout Projects Hope to Keep Schools Safe," 6 Jan. 2019 The two-hour interactive course, offered for free, included a lecture by Tarver and Adams, as well as hands-on tourniquet and wound-packing practice. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "Mass shootings prompt survival training event in Houston," 10 June 2018 My officers carry bleeding-control kits and learn how to apply a tourniquet and how to dress a wound with gauze. As Told To Beth Dreher And Elissa Sanci, Woman's Day, "How to Keep Our Kids Safe in School as the Gun Debate Rages On," 25 Sep. 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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The first known use of tourniquet was in 1695

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tourniquet

noun

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

tourniquet

noun
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

tourniquet

noun
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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