[ sfig-moh-muh-nom-i-ter ]
/ ˌsfɪg moʊ məˈnɒm ɪ tər /
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noun Physiology.

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



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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/, adjectivesphyg·mo·ma·nom·e·try, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for sphygmomanometer

  • 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) /


med an instrument for measuring arterial blood pressure

Word Origin for sphygmomanometer

C19: from sphygmo- + manometer, on the model of French sphygmomanomètre
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Medical definitions for sphygmomanometer

[ sfĭg′mō-mă-nŏmĭ-tər ]


An instrument for measuring blood pressure in the arteries, especially one consisting of a pressure gauge and a rubber cuff that wraps around the upper arm and inflates to constrict the arteries.

Other words from sphygmomanometer

sphyg′mo•man′o•metric (-măn′ə-mĕtrĭk) adj.
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