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

  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tightly-compressed bandage used to stop bleeding by stopping the flow of blood through a large artery in a limb.
  • n. Any of several similar methods of clamping components into position.
  • n. A turnstile.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A turnstile.
  • n. An instrument for arresting the passage of blood through an artery by means of compression effected with a screw. It is used to control hemorrhage temporarily, as in surgical operations on a limb, or to check the force of the blood-current in cases of aneurismal or other vascular tumors.

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

  • n. bandage that stops the flow of blood from an artery by applying pressure


French : tourner, to turn (from Old French; see turn) + -iquet, diminutive suff. (from Old French).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French tourniquet, from tourner ("to turn"). (Wiktionary)



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  • My father thinks he is so funny and the first time I have ever heard this word i did know what it was just never knew what it was called and I cut my arm one day and i'm very dramatic my father said "ooo I think we need to tie a tourniquet around your arm."

    October 1, 2010