characterized by or causing low blood pressure, as shock.


a hypotensive person or agent.

Nearby words

  1. hyposulphite,
  2. hyposulphurous acid,
  3. hypotaxis,
  4. hypotelorism,
  5. hypotension,
  6. hypotensor,
  7. hypotenuse,
  8. hypoth.,
  9. hypothalamic infundibulum,
  10. hypothalamohypophysial portal system

Origin of hypotensive

First recorded in 1900–05; hypotens(ion) + -ive

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Medicine definitions for hypotensive




Of or characterized by low blood pressure.
Causing a reduction in blood pressure.

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