One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An instrument for measuring blood pressure, typically consisting of an inflatable rubber cuff which is applied to the arm and connected to a column of mercury next to a graduated scale, enabling the determination of systolic and diastolic blood pressure by increasing and gradually releasing the pressure in the cuff.
- ‘All interviewees used a sphygmomanometer and stethoscope to measure blood pressure.’
- ‘All sphygmomanometers had calibrated mercury columns and were of standard size.’
- ‘At each examination, the local investigators measured blood pressure once, using a mercury sphygmomanometer and with the patient sitting.’
- ‘Sitting blood pressure was measured by mercury sphygmomanometer after five minutes' rest.’
- ‘For accuracy, use of a mercury sphygmomanometer is preferred, and cuff size should be appropriate.’
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