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hypertension

[ hahy-per-ten-shuhn ]
/ ˌhaɪ pərˈtɛn ʃən /
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Definition of hypertension

noun
Pathology.
  1. elevation of the blood pressure, especially the diastolic pressure.
  2. an arterial disease characterized by this condition.
excessive or extreme emotional tenseness.
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Origin of hypertension

First recorded in 1890–95; hyper- + tension

OTHER WORDS FROM hypertension

an·ti·hy·per·ten·sion, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hypertension

hypertension
/ (ˌhaɪpəˈtɛnʃən) /

noun
pathol abnormally high blood pressure

Derived forms of hypertension

hypertensive (ˌhaɪpəˈtɛnsɪv), adjective, noun
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Medical definitions for hypertension

hypertension
[ hī′pər-tĕnshən ]

n.
Persistent high blood pressure.
Arterial disease in which chronic high blood pressure is the primary symptom.
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Scientific definitions for hypertension

hypertension
[ hī′pər-tĕnshən ]

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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Cultural definitions for hypertension

hypertension

Abnormally high blood pressure.

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