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tonometer

[toh-nom-i-ter]
noun
  1. an instrument for measuring the frequencies of tones, as a tuning fork or a graduated set of tuning forks.
  2. any of various physiological instruments for measuring intraocular pressure or blood pressure.
  3. Physical Chemistry. an instrument for measuring vapor pressure.
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Origin of tonometer

First recorded in 1715–25; tono- + -meter
Related formston·o·met·ric [ton-uh-me-trik, toh-nuh-] /ˌtɒn əˈmɛ trɪk, ˌtoʊ nə-/, adjectiveto·nom·e·try, noun
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Historical Examples of tonometer

  • The (Schiotz) tonometer was used daily for 70 consecutive days and never registered more than 12-14 mm.

    Glaucoma

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British Dictionary definitions for tonometer

tonometer

noun
  1. an instrument for measuring the pitch of a sound, esp one consisting of a set of tuning forks
  2. any of various types of instrument for measuring pressure or tension, such as the blood pressure, vapour pressure, etc
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Derived Formstonometric (ˌtɒnəˈmɛtrɪk, ˌtəʊ-), adjectivetonometry, noun

Word Origin for tonometer

C18: from Greek tonos tone + -meter
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tonometer in Medicine

tonometer

(tō-nŏmĭ-tər)
n.
  1. Any of various instruments for measuring pressure or tension, especially one used in tonography.
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Related formsto′no•metric (tō′nə-mĕtrĭk) adj.to•nome•try n.
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