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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


tourniquet  listen  (TOOR-nih-ket)

  A device, such as a strip of cloth or a band of rubber, that is wrapped tightly around a leg or an arm to prevent the flow of blood to the leg or the arm for a period of time. A tourniquet may be used when drawing blood or to stop bleeding after an injury.