Etymology: Sphygmomanometer

With 16 letters & 6 syllables, the word “sphygmomanometer” is quite a mouthful. It originates from the Greek words “sphugmos” meaning pulsation, “manós” meaning loose, & “métron” meaning to measure. Thusly, the name implies an object that measures pulsation using something loose (liquid mercury or gas).

Sources > Dictionary.com – “Sphygmos” , Dictionary.com – “manometer” , Dictionary.com – “meter”

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