sphygmomanometer :

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  • n  a pressure gauge for measuring blood pressure

  • The device used to measure blood pressure is called a sphygmomanometer (from the Greek, meaning pulse measurement); it measures the air pressure needed to raise a column of mercury.
  • Cardiograms, sphygmomanometer readings, charts and reports pile up the evidence.
  • And not until the beginning of the 20th century did physicians develop a practical means of measuring the pressure that pushes blood through the body: the sphygmomanometer (see .

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