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[hahy-per-ten-shuh n]
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  1. Pathology.
    1. elevation of the blood pressure, especially the diastolic pressure.
    2. an arterial disease characterized by this condition.
  2. excessive or extreme emotional tenseness.

Origin of hypertension

First recorded in 1890–95; hyper- + tension
Related formsan·ti·hy·per·ten·sion, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for antihypertension


  1. pathol abnormally high blood pressure
Derived Formshypertensive (ˌhaɪpəˈtɛnsɪv), adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for antihypertension



1863, from hyper- + tension. Originally in medical use; of emotions or nerves, from 1936.

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antihypertension in Medicine


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  1. Persistent high blood pressure.
  2. Arterial disease in which chronic high blood pressure is the primary symptom.
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antihypertension in Science


  1. Abnormally high blood pressure, especially in the arteries. High blood pressure increases the risk for heart attack and stroke. Also called high blood pressure
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antihypertension in Culture


Abnormally high blood pressure.

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