noun Physiology.

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
Related formssphyg·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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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

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
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Word Origin and History for sphygmomanometer

1891, from comb. form of Greek sphygmos "pulse," from sphyzein "to beat, throb" + -meter.

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sphygmomanometer in Medicine




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