- Medicine/Medical, Surgery. any device for arresting bleeding by forcibly compressing a blood vessel, as a bandage tightened by twisting.
- a device for pulling the parts of a wooden piece of furniture together, consisting of a pair of twisted cords passed around the parts.
- med any instrument or device for temporarily constricting an artery of the arm or leg to control bleeding
1690s, from French tourniquet “surgical tourniquet,” also “turnstile,” diminutive of torner “to turn,” from Old French tourner, torner (see turn (v.)).
- 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.