tourniquet

noun

tour·​ni·​quet ˈtu̇r-ni-kət How to pronounce tourniquet (audio) ˈtər- How to pronounce tourniquet (audio)
: 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 Later, first-aid protocol evolved into simply tying on a tourniquet and rushing the bite victim to a hospital. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2024 Responding officers put a tourniquet on Tavion’s arm. Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 Gunfire at Miami-area bar kills security guard, injures officer and six others, police say One of the officers was struck in the upper thigh and applied a tourniquet on himself, Lopez told reporters Saturday outside the crime scene. Charles Rabin and, Miami Herald, 9 Apr. 2024 The officer, who has four years of service, applied a tourniquet on himself immediately after being struck, Doral Police Chief Edwin Lopez said during a news conference Sunday. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 8 Apr. 2024 Doral Police Chief Edwin Lopez said the police officer was a member of the force for four years and applied his tourniquet immediately after being struck. Sarah Dewberry, CNN, 6 Apr. 2024 Why buy cheap Chinese tourniquets over good quality U.S. ones? Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Oct. 2023 Do not apply a tourniquet or other constricting device. Tiffani Jackson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3 Apr. 2024 The officers’ tourniquet and bandage would soon fail. Julia Coin, Charlotte Observer, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

French, turnstile, tourniquet, from tourner to turn, from Old French — more at turn

First Known Use

1695, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tourniquet was in 1695

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Cite this Entry

“Tourniquet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tourniquet. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

tourniquet

noun
tour·​ni·​quet ˈtu̇r-ni-kət How to pronounce tourniquet (audio) ˈtər- How to pronounce tourniquet (audio)
: a device (as a band of rubber) used to stop or slow bleeding or blood flow by compressing blood vessels

Medical Definition

tourniquet

noun
tour·​ni·​quet ˈtu̇r-ni-kət How to pronounce tourniquet (audio) ˈtər- How to pronounce tourniquet (audio)
: a device (as a bandage twisted tight with a stick) to check bleeding or blood flow

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