Definition of tourniquet in English:

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tourniquet

Pronunciation: /ˈtʊənɪkeɪ/
/ˈtɔːnɪkeɪ/

noun

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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.

Origin

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

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