The definition of a tourniquet is a compression bandage or other device intended to stop bleeding.(noun)
A tight bandage that is wrapped around the wrists of an attempted suicide victim who slit a vein is an example of a tourniquet.
See tourniquet in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr, altered in sense and form (infl. by tourner, to turn) < MFr turniquet, earlier turniquel, coat of mail, upper garment < OFr tunicle < L tunicula, dim. of tunica, tunic
See tourniquet in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: : tourner, to turn (from Old French; see turn)
Origin: + -iquet, diminutive suff. (from Old French).
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