Tourniquet meaning

to͝ornĭ-kĭt, tûr-
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Any device or contrivance, as a bandage twisted about a limb, for compressing a blood vessel in order to stop bleeding or to control the circulation of blood to some part.
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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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A tightly-compressed bandage used to stop bleeding by stopping the flow of blood through a large artery in a limb.
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Any of several similar methods of clamping components into position.
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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.

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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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Origin of tourniquet

  • French tourner to turn (from Old French turn) -iquet diminutive suff. (from Old French)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French tourniquet, from tourner (“to turn").

    From Wiktionary