an instrument, often attached to an inflatable air-bladder cuff and used with a stethoscope, for measuring blood pressure in an artery.
Related formssphyg·mo·man·o·met·ric [sfig-moh-man-uh-me-trik] /ˌsfɪg moʊˌmæn əˈmɛ trɪk/, adjectivesphyg·mo·ma·nom·e·try, noun
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for sphygmomanometer
Historical Examples of sphygmomanometer
He who worships his sphygmomanometer as a thing apart and infallible will sooner or later come to grief.
Dr. Beardsley packed his stethoscope and sphygmomanometer back in his bag and wrote a prescription, which he handed to Gram.
British Dictionary definitions for sphygmomanometer
med an instrument for measuring arterial blood pressure
Word Origin for sphygmomanometer
C19: from sphygmo- + manometer, on the model of French sphygmomanomètre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for sphygmomanometer
1891, from comb. form of Greek sphygmos "pulse," from sphyzein "to beat, throb" + -meter.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
sphygmomanometer in Medicine
Related formssphyg′mo•man′o•met′ric (-măn′ə-mĕt′rĭk) adj.
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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.