- The definition of a tourniquet is a compression bandage or other device intended to stop bleeding.
A tight bandage that is wrapped around the wrists of an attempted suicide victim who slit a vein is an example of a tourniquet.
Origin of tourniquetFrench altered in sense and form (infl. by tourner, to turn) ; from Middle French turniquet, earlier turniquel, coat of mail, upper garment ; from Old French tunicle ; from Classical Latin tunicula, diminutive of tunica, tunic
Origin of tourniquetFrench : tourner, to turn (from Old French; see turn) + -iquet, diminutive suff. (from Old French).
From French tourniquet, from tourner (“to turn").