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[an-tee-hahy-per-ten-siv, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˌhaɪ pərˈtɛn sɪv, ˌæn taɪ-/ Medicine/Medical, Pharmacology
acting to reduce hypertension:
an antihypertensive drug, diet, or regimen.
a drug, as a diuretic, used to treat hypertension.
Origin of antihypertensive
1955-60; anti- + hypertensive Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for antihypertensive
  • Most antihypertensive drugs today act on a biological system that regulates blood pressure.
  • Occasionally an antibiotic or an antihypertensive helps.
  • Patients whose blood pressure remains elevated should be treated with antihypertensive medications.
  • Diuretics are often used in combination with other antihypertensive drugs.
  • antihypertensive drugs may be helpful during surgery to protect patients who have high blood pressure or heart or kidney disease.
  • antihypertensive drugs and vasodilators may be given to reduce the strain on the heart and may help improve the condition.
antihypertensive in Medicine

antihypertensive an·ti·hy·per·ten·sive (ān'tē-hī'pər-těn'sĭv, an'tī-)
Reducing high blood pressure. n.
A drug or treatment that reduces high blood pressure.

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