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tourniquet

[tur-ni-kit, too r-] /ˈtɜr nɪ kɪt, ˈtʊər-/
noun
1.
Medicine/Medical, Surgery. any device for arresting bleeding by forcibly compressing a blood vessel, as a bandage tightened by twisting.
2.
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
1685-1695
1685-95; < French, derivative of tourner to turn
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  • Round his thigh was a tourniquet, and in consequence he did not bleed much.

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  • Therefore, while you are doing this have some other scout prepare a tourniquet.

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  • It is much safer not to keep on a tourniquet more than an hour.

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  • Carmena loosened the tourniquet and briskly rubbed his swollen hand and arm.

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  • As they ran along beside him Carmena untwisted her revolver from the tourniquet.

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  • The tourniquet had slipped and the wound was bleeding again.

British Dictionary definitions for tourniquet

tourniquet

/ˈtʊənɪˌkeɪ; ˈtɔː-/
noun
1.
(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
n.

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

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tourniquet in Medicine

tourniquet tour·ni·quet (tur'nĭ-kĭt, tûr'-)
n.
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.

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