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tourniquet

[tur-ni-kit, too r-]
noun
  1. Medicine/Medical, Surgery. any device for arresting bleeding by forcibly compressing a blood vessel, as a bandage tightened by twisting.
  2. a device for pulling the parts of a wooden piece of furniture together, consisting of a pair of twisted cords passed around the parts.
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Origin of tourniquet

1685–95; < French, derivative of tourner to turn
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  • Round his thigh was a tourniquet, and in consequence he did not bleed much.

  • Therefore, while you are doing this have some other scout prepare a tourniquet.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • It is much safer not to keep on a tourniquet more than an hour.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • Carmena loosened the tourniquet and briskly rubbed his swollen hand and arm.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • As they ran along beside him Carmena untwisted her revolver from the tourniquet.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet


British Dictionary definitions for tourniquet

tourniquet

noun
  1. med any instrument or device for temporarily constricting an artery of the arm or leg to control bleeding
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Word Origin

C17: from French: device that operates by turning, from tourner to turn
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Word Origin and History for tourniquet

n.

1690s, from French tourniquet "surgical tourniquet," also "turnstile," diminutive of torner "to turn," from Old French tourner, torner (see turn (v.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tourniquet in Medicine

tourniquet

(turnĭ-kĭt, tûr-)
n.
  1. A device, typically a tightly encircling bandage, used to check bleeding by temporarily stopping the flow of blood through a large artery in a limb.
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