[ 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.

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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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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