antihypertensive

[ an-tee-hahy-per-ten-siv, an-tahy- ]
/ ˌæn tiˌhaɪ pərˈtɛn sɪv, ˌæn taɪ- /
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adjective

acting to reduce hypertension: an antihypertensive drug, diet, or regimen.

noun

a drug, as a diuretic, used to treat hypertension.

Nearby words

  1. antihistaminic,
  2. antihormone,
  3. antihuman,
  4. antihuman globulin,
  5. antihydrogen,
  6. antiknock,
  7. antikythera,
  8. antilegomena,
  9. antilepton,
  10. antilife

Origin of antihypertensive

First recorded in 1955–60; anti- + hypertensive

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Medicine definitions for antihypertensive

antihypertensive

[ ăn′tē-hī′pər-tĕnsĭv, an′tī- ]

adj.

Reducing high blood pressure.

n.

A drug or treatment that reduces high blood pressure.

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