- 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
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- med an instrument for measuring arterial blood pressure
C19: from sphygmo- + manometer, on the model of French sphygmomanomètre
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Word Origin and History for sphygmomanometry
1891, from comb. form of Greek sphygmos "pulse," from sphyzein "to beat, throb" + -meter.
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- 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.
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