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Meaning of tourniquet

tour•ni•quet

Pronunciation: (tûr'ni-kit, toor'-), [key]
— n.
  1. any device for arresting bleeding by forcibly compressing a blood vessel, as a bandage tightened by twisting.
  2. a device for pulling the parts of a wooden piece of furniture together, consisting of a pair of twisted cords passed around the parts.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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