[ sfig-moh-muh-nom-i-ter ]

  1. an instrument, often attached to an inflatable air-bladder cuff and used with a stethoscope, for measuring blood pressure in an artery.

Origin of sphygmomanometer

First recorded in 1860–65; sphygmo- + manometer

Other words from sphygmomanometer

  • sphyg·mo·man·o·met·ric [sfig-moh-man-uh-me-trik], /ˌsfɪg moʊˌmæn əˈmɛ trɪk/, adjective
  • sphyg·mo·ma·nom·e·try, noun

Words Nearby sphygmomanometer

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How to use sphygmomanometer in a sentence

  • Dr. Beardsley packed his stethoscope and sphygmomanometer back in his bag and wrote a prescription, which he handed to Gram.

    The Black Fawn | James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • He who worships his sphygmomanometer as a thing apart and infallible will sooner or later come to grief.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: | Louis Marshall Warfield
  • One of the best of the mercury instruments is the Brown sphygmomanometer.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: | Louis Marshall Warfield

British Dictionary definitions for sphygmomanometer


/ (ˌsfɪɡməʊməˈnɒmɪtə) /

  1. med an instrument for measuring arterial blood pressure

Origin of sphygmomanometer

C19: from sphygmo- + manometer, on the model of French sphygmomanomètre

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