- Medicine/Medical, Surgery. any device for arresting bleeding by forcibly compressing a blood vessel, as a bandage tightened by twisting.
- a device for pulling the parts of a wooden piece of furniture together, consisting of a pair of twisted cords passed around the parts.
Origin of tourniquet
Examples from the Web for tourniquet
A bystander had placed a belt on his arm to act as a tourniquet.New Orleans Shooting: I Saw the Mother’s Day Parade Gunman
May 13, 2013
The tourniquet on the left leg went just above the knee, below which there was nothing but torn flesh and a length of bare bone.Carlos Arredondo, Boston Marathon Hero in a Cowboy Hat, on the Bombs
April 16, 2013
Another Afghan police officer used a towel as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.Afghanistan's Troop Killers
March 23, 2010
An Army officer then used his belt to make a tourniquet on Munley's leg.Fort Hood Shooting: The Aftermath
The Daily Beast
November 6, 2009
Round his thigh was a tourniquet, and in consequence he did not bleed much.Hair Breadth Escapes
T. S. Arthur
Therefore, while you are doing this have some other scout prepare a tourniquet.
It is much safer not to keep on a tourniquet more than an hour.
As they ran along beside him Carmena untwisted her revolver from the tourniquet.
Carmena loosened the tourniquet and briskly rubbed his swollen hand and arm.
- med any instrument or device for temporarily constricting an artery of the arm or leg to control bleeding
Word Origin and History for tourniquet
1690s, from French tourniquet "surgical tourniquet," also "turnstile," diminutive of torner "to turn," from Old French tourner, torner (see turn (v.)).
- 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.