Definition of "hemostat" [hemostat]

  • An agent, such as a chemical, that stops bleeding. (noun)
  • A clamplike instrument used to compress a blood vessel in order to reduce or arrest the flow of blood during surgery. (noun)

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Use "hemostat" in a sentence
  • "He used a hemostat to gather up the bloodied finger and dropped it into an evidence bag, which he quickly closed, but isolating the finger did little to diminish the odor."
  • "The huge moose heart intruded on her recitations of hemostat placements and incision angles, and she turned to look."
  • "The first came from a precocious 12-year-old boy at a fishing show in Long Beach, Calif., who proved he could do the same knot as Kreh in about a 10th of the time, and the last two came from a doctor, who taught Kreh how to quickly tie two common fishing knots with a hemostat."