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Definitions for Tourniquet
ˈtɜr nɪ kɪt, ˈtʊər-tourni·quet

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compression bandage, tourniquetnoun

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


  1. tourniquetnoun

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

  2. tourniquetnoun

    Any of several similar methods of clamping components into position

  3. tourniquetnoun

    A turnstile

  4. Etymology: From tourniquet, from tourner.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    A bandage used in amputations, straitened or relaxed by the turn of a handle.

    Etymology: French.

    If the orifice does not readily appear, loosen the tourniquet, and the effusion of blood will direct you to it. Samuel Sharp.


  1. Tourniquet

    A tourniquet is a device that is used to apply pressure to a limb or extremity in order to stop the flow of blood. It may be used in emergencies, in surgery, or in post-operative rehabilitation. A simple tourniquet can be made from a stick and a rope, but the use of makeshift tourniquets has been reduced over time due to their ineffectiveness compared to a commercial and professional tourniquet. This may stem the flow of blood, but side effects such as soft tissue damage and nerve damage may occur.


  1. tourniquet

    A tourniquet is a device, often a band or strip, that is tightly tied around a limb or another part of the body to constrict blood flow during a medical emergency or a surgical procedure. This is usually done to prevent excessive blood loss or to prepare an area for surgery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tourniquetnoun

    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


  1. Tourniquet

    A tourniquet is a constricting or compressing device, specifically a bandage, used to control venous and arterial circulation to an extremity for a period of time. Pressure is applied circumferentially upon the skin and underlying tissues of a limb; this pressure is transferred to the walls of vessels, causing them to become temporarily occluded. It is generally used as a tool for a medical professional in applications such as cannulation or to stem the flow of traumatic bleeding, especially by military medics. The tourniquet is usually applied when the patient is in a life-threatening state as a result of continuous bleeding. A stick, a baton or any other elongated but inelastic object is used to support the tourniquet by first tying the stick to the tourniquet. The stick is then twisted to tighten the tourniquet until the bleeding comes to a halt. This is a traditional device which an individual can employ when experiencing a very serious threat. To further improve this device, modern tourniquet systems have been employed for use.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tourniquet

    tōōr′ni-ket, n. an instrument for compressing the main artery of the thigh or arm, either for the purpose of preventing too great a loss of blood in amputation, or to check dangerous hæmorrhage from accidental wounds, or to stop the circulation through an aneurism. [Fr., tourner—L. tornāre, to turn.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. tourniquet

    Screw-bandages used for stopping the flow of blood. They are distributed about the quarters before action, and a number of men are taught to apply them. A handkerchief and toggle, or stick of any kind, is sometimes substituted.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tourniquet in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tourniquet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Tourniquet in a Sentence

  1. Brad Wenstrup:

    When I saw his wound, I pulled down the pantleg to see the wound, I did not find an exit wound I knew he was in big trouble, because that meant it went up and I'd seen things like this in Iraq, we were able to use a belt at first, until a tourniquet came, and then I found a clotting bandage and got that on and was able to do what we do in theater, and he literally left in a helicopter just like in theater.

  2. Rob King:

    I feel like it’s a tourniquet – we’re stopping the bleeding, and just wondering what’s going to happen next, i guess I am looking for some hope.

  3. Albert Edwards:

    Investors are coming to terms with what a Chinese renminbi devaluation means for Western markets. It means global deflation and recession, the western manufacturing sector will choke under this imported deflationary tourniquet. Indeed U.S. manufacturing seems to be suffering particularly badly already.

  4. Indiana State Police:

    He noticed one person was bleeding profusely from the lower arm and he immediately applied a tourniquet to the arm to stop the bleeding, another person was unconscious but breathing.

  5. Christopher Willingham:

    Through all of her treatment, and despite the pain she was in, her temperament never changed. - Cpl. Juan Rodriguez There were no human casualties during Lucca’s bomb-sniffing patrols. Her career ended in March 2012 when she lost her leg and suffered chest burns from a bombing in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. Cpl. Juan Rodriguez, who was her handler at the time, stayed by her side throughout each step of Lucca’s recovery. The explosion was huge and I immediately feared the worst for Lucca, i ran to her and saw her struggling to get up. I picked her up and ran to the shelter of a nearby tree line, applied a tourniquet to her injured leg and called the medics to collect us.

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