November 11th, 2019

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Monday word: Sphygmomanometer

A sphygmomanometer, also known as a blood pressure meter, blood pressure monitor, or blood pressure gauge, is a device used to measure blood pressure,
composed of an inflatable cuff to collapse and then release the artery under the cuff in a controlled manner,[1] and a mercury or mechanical manometer to measure the pressure.

It is always used in conjunction with a means to determine at what pressure blood flow is just starting, and at what pressure it is unimpeded.
Manual sphygmomanometers are used in conjunction with a stethoscope.


Greek sphygmos pulse (from sphyzein to throb) + International Scientific Vocabulary manometer, a device for measuring pressure

First known use: circa 1889

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