- 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
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.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
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
- med an instrument for measuring arterial blood pressure
Word Origin for sphygmomanometer
1891, from comb. form of Greek sphygmos "pulse," from sphyzein "to beat, throb" + -meter.
- 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.