Definition of Tourniquet

1. Noun. Bandage that stops the flow of blood from an artery by applying pressure.

Exact synonyms: Compression Bandage
Generic synonyms: Bandage, Patch



Definition of Tourniquet

1. n. An instrument for arresting hemorrhage. It consists essentially of a pad or compress upon which pressure is made by a band which is tightened by a screw or other means.

Definition of Tourniquet

1. Noun. A tightly-compressed bandage used to stop bleeding by stopping the flow of blood through a large artery in a limb. ¹

2. Noun. Any of several similar methods of clamping components into position ¹

3. Noun. A turnstile ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tourniquet

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Tourniquet

1. An apparatus designed for the compression of the vessels of the limb. A loosely applied tourniquet can impede venous blood flow out of the extremity. A tightly applied tourniquet can also impede arterial blood flow into the extremity. (12 Jan 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Tourniquet

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tournament
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tous-les-mois
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Literary usage of Tourniquet

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Tourniquet, a contrivance for compressing a blood-vessel to stop the flow of blood in ... At the present time such a tourniquet is known as an emergency ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Tourniquet, a contrivance for compressing a blood-vessel to stop the flow of blood in ... At the present time such a tourniquet is known as an emergency ..."

3. A Manual for the Practice of Surgery by Thomas Bryant (1881)
"If the constriction were continued very long, and especially if the tourniquet were applied with excessive firmness, there might occur paralysis of the limb ..."

4. The London Medical Gazette (1830)
"As pressure above completely slopped the pulsation, a small tourniquet* was applied to the ... Tourniquet tightened, so as completely to stop the pulsation. ..."

5. Pye's Surgical Handicraft: A Manual of Surgical Manipulations, Minor Surgery by Walter Pye (1893)
"In consequence, Petit's tourniquet is very painful, and could not possibly be ... and Lister's, for the abdominal aorta. C^3 FlG. 12.—Sleeps Tourniquet. ..."

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