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[tur-ni-kit, too r-] /ˈtɜr nɪ kɪt, ˈtʊər-/
Medicine/Medical, Surgery. any device for arresting bleeding by forcibly compressing a blood vessel, as a bandage tightened by twisting.
a device for pulling the parts of a wooden piece of furniture together, consisting of a pair of twisted cords passed around the parts.
Origin of tourniquet
1685-95; < French, derivative of tourner to turn Unabridged
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  • A tourniquet should be placed above wound, and medical assistance sought at once.

    North Dakota Various
  • In the case of a dog bite, the tourniquet is loosened at once.

  • Thrice that night they hurled the Greek Fire at us, and four times shot it from the tourniquet cross-bow.

    The British Navy Book Cyril Field
  • However, the wound should be plugged before loosening the tourniquet.

  • tourniquet had not the heart to move and give Scribble a thrashing, or he would have done so.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • As they ran along beside him Carmena untwisted her revolver from the tourniquet.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for tourniquet


/ˈtʊənɪˌkeɪ; ˈtɔː-/
(med) any instrument or device for temporarily constricting an artery of the arm or leg to control bleeding
Word Origin
C17: from French: device that operates by turning, from tourner to turn
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Word Origin and History for tourniquet

1690s, from French tourniquet "surgical tourniquet," also "turnstile," diminutive of torner "to turn," from Old French tourner, torner (see turn (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tourniquet in Medicine

tourniquet tour·ni·quet (tur'nĭ-kĭt, tûr'-)
A device, typically a tightly encircling bandage, used to check bleeding by temporarily stopping the flow of blood through a large artery in a limb.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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