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hypertension

[hahy-per-ten-shuh n]
noun
  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.
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Origin of hypertension

First recorded in 1890–95; hyper- + tension
Related formsan·ti·hy·per·ten·sion, adjective
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  • It is a state of the nervous system such as appears in hypertension.

  • Goaded and overkeyed into a state of hypertension, it had retaliated with insensibility.

    Satan Sanderson

    Hallie Erminie Rives

  • It is not intended to convey the impression that hypertension is of no moment.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • His contention holds good for some cases, but not, in my experience, for the great majority of the hypertension cases.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • Hypertension means high pressure, and yet it carries with it a suggestion of high pressure which is harmful to the individual.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield


British Dictionary definitions for hypertension

hypertension

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

n.

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

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hypertension in Medicine

hypertension

(hī′pər-tĕnshən)
n.
  1. Persistent high blood pressure.
  2. Arterial disease in which chronic high blood pressure is the primary symptom.
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hypertension in Science

hypertension

[hī′pər-tĕnshən]
  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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hypertension in Culture

hypertension

Abnormally high blood pressure.

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