Definition of tourniquet in English:

tourniquet

Line breaks: tour¦ni|quet
Pronunciation: /ˈtʊənɪkeɪ
 
, ˈtɔː-/

noun

  • A device for stopping the flow of blood through a vein or artery, typically by compressing a limb with a cord or tight bandage.
    More example sentences
    • The surgeon may encircle vessels with umbilical tapes and tourniquets to control blood flow later in the procedure.
    • Many surgeons use a tourniquet (a tight band) around the thigh, which reduces blood flow around the knee.
    • The circulating nurse deflates the tourniquet after the elastic bandage is in place.

Origin

late 17th century: from French, probably from Old French tournicle 'coat of mail', influenced by tourner 'to turn'.

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