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tourniquet

[ tur-ni-kit, toor- ]
/ ˈtɜr nɪ kɪt, ˈtʊər- /
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noun
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.
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Origin of tourniquet

1685–95; <French, derivative of tourner to turn
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British Dictionary definitions for tourniquet

tourniquet
/ (ˈtʊənɪˌkeɪ, ˈtɔː-) /

noun
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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Medical definitions for tourniquet

tourniquet
[ turnĭ-kĭt, tûr- ]

n.
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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