from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An agent, such as a chemical, that stops bleeding.
  • n. A clamplike instrument used to compress a blood vessel in order to reduce or arrest the flow of blood during surgery.

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  • n. an instrument that clamps blood vessels to diminish or halt blood flow

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a surgical instrument that stops bleeding by clamping the blood vessel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An instrument used to compress a bleeding vessel in order to arrest hemorrhage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a surgical instrument that stops bleeding by clamping the blood vessel


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From Latin hemo- (from Ancient Greek haemo-), "blood" ; + -stata , "standing"


  • He used a hemostat to gather up the bloodied finger and dropped it into an evidence bag, which he quickly closed, but isolating the finger did little to diminish the odor.

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  • The huge moose heart intruded on her recitations of hemostat placements and incision angles, and she turned to look.


  • The first came from a precocious 12-year-old boy at a fishing show in Long Beach, Calif., who proved he could do the same knot as Kreh in about a 10th of the time, and the last two came from a doctor, who taught Kreh how to quickly tie two common fishing knots with a hemostat.

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  • Bishop asked one of the medical techs, a woman whose jacket was adorned with a stethoscope and hemostat clamps.


  • Nope, no kellys, no needle holders, and not even a hemostat.

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  • I'd like to see some examples of how he's functioned under pressure, besides, "pass the hemostat."

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  • You're eating lunch in the cafeteria, wearing your scrubs, your high-tech stethoscope around your neck, a hemostat clipped onto you somewhere, tourniquets tied onto it.

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  • Earl passed a treatment room off ER where another youthful trainee, this one masked and gloved, frowned mightily as he wielded a suture and hemostat over a child's lacerated cheek.

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  • She hesitated and took the hemostat that Cooper offered her.

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  • With furrowed brow, he poked at the tissue with a hemostat.

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