[ muh-nom-i-ter ]
/ məˈnɒm ɪ tər /


an instrument for measuring the pressure of a fluid, consisting of a tube filled with a liquid, the level of the liquid being determined by the fluid pressure and the height of the liquid being indicated on a scale.

Origin of manometer

1700–10; < French manomètre, equivalent to mano- (< Greek manós loose, rare, sparse) + -mètre -meter


man·o·met·ric [man-uh-me-trik] /ˌmæn əˈmɛ trɪk/, man·o·met·ri·cal, adjectiveman·o·met·ri·cal·ly, adverbma·nom·e·try, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for manometry

/ (məˈnɒmɪtə) /


an instrument for comparing pressures; typically a glass U-tube containing mercury, in which pressure is indicated by the difference in levels in the two arms of the tube

Derived forms of manometer

manometric (ˌmænəʊˈmɛtrɪk) or manometrical, adjectivemanometrically, adverbmanometry, noun

Word Origin for manometer

C18: from French manomètre, from Greek manos sparse + metron measure
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Medical definitions for manometry

[ mă-nŏmĭ-tər ]


An instrument that is used for measuring the pressure of liquids and gases.
A sphygmomanometer.

Other words from manometer

man′o•metric (măn′ə-mĕtrĭk) null•nome•try n.
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Scientific definitions for manometry

[ mə-nŏmĭ-tər ]

An instrument used to measure the pressure exerted by liquids and gases. Pressure is exerted on one end of a U-shaped tube partially filled with liquid; the liquid is displaced upwards on the other side of the tube by a distance proportional to the pressure difference on each side of the tube.
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