[ tur-ni-kit, too r- ]
/ ˈtɜr nɪ kɪt, ˈtʊər- /


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.

Nearby words

  1. tournay,
  2. tournedos,
  3. tourneur,
  4. tourneur, cyril,
  5. tourney,
  6. tournois,
  7. tours,
  8. tourtière,
  9. touré,
  10. tous-les-mois

Origin of tourniquet

1685–95; < French, derivative of tourner to turn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tourniquet


/ (ˈtʊənɪˌkeɪ, ˈtɔː-) /


med any instrument or device for temporarily constricting an artery of the arm or leg to control bleeding

Word Origin for tourniquet

C17: from French: device that operates by turning, from tourner to turn

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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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for tourniquet


[ turnĭ-kĭt, tûr- ]


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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