Part of speech: noun

A bandage, etc., for stopping the flow of blood through an artery by compression.

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Usage examples "tourniquet":

  1. Tourniquet, he repeated, to fix the new word in his mind. - "Bruce of the Circle A", Harold Titus.
  2. The brachial artery may be so effectually compressed by the fingers on the tourniquet, against the humerus in any part of its course through the arm, as to stop pulsation at the wrist. - "Surgical Anatomy", Joseph Maclise.
  3. On his tour, Hunt had seen men making blankets of pieces of old carpet, lined on one side with a piece of cotton cloth; men wearing ox- hide buskins, or complicated wrapping of rags, for shoes; orderly sergeants making out reports on shingles; surgeon using a twisted handkerchief instead of a tourniquet. - "The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come", John Fox.