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Mechanical sphygmomanometer with aneroid manometer and stethoscope
Digital sphygmomanometer

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sphygmo- (pulse) +‎ manometer

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sphygmomanometer (plural sphygmomanometers)

  1. A device used to measure blood pressure.
    • 1882, J. Graham Brown, Medical diagnosis:
      Sphygmomanometer. — Very recently, Professor S. von Basch has introduced* an instrument, to which he gives the above name, for the purpose of estimating the blood-pressure in the human subject, and which has undoubtedly considerable clinical value.
    • 1997, Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Folio Society, published 2016, page 332:
      Diagnostic monitoring of the pulse became linked to study of blood pressure, for which the sphygmomanometer was devised.

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