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tourniquet Syllabification: tour·ni·quet
Pronunciation: /ˈtərnəkət/

Definition of tourniquet in English:


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A device for stopping the flow of blood through a vein or artery, typically by compressing a limb with a cord or tight bandage.
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.


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

Words that rhyme with tourniquet

communiqué • sobriquet
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