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sphygmomanometer

Syllabification: sphyg·mo·ma·nom·e·ter
Pronunciation: /ˌsfiɡmōməˈnämitər
 
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Definition of sphygmomanometer in English:

noun

An instrument for measuring blood pressure, typically consisting of an inflatable rubber cuff that is applied to the arm and connected to a column of mercury next to a graduated scale, enabling the determination of systolic and diastolic blood pressure by increasing and gradually releasing the pressure in the cuff.
Example sentences
  • All sphygmomanometers had calibrated mercury columns and were of standard size.
  • At each examination, the local investigators measured blood pressure once, using a mercury sphygmomanometer and with the patient sitting.
  • Sitting blood pressure was measured by mercury sphygmomanometer after five minutes' rest.

Derivatives

sphygmomanometry

1
Pronunciation: /-mətrē/
noun
Example sentences
  • Heart rate, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure were recorded by electrocardiography, pulse oximetry, and sphygmomanometry, respectively.
  • A total of 19 attending physicians were assessed for ability in measuring PP by sphygmomanometry and by palpation.
  • Although it will be some years before any move is made to replace the millimetre of mercury, we must prepare for changes in clinical sphygmomanometry.

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