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[hahy-per-ten-shuh n] /ˌhaɪ pərˈtɛn ʃən/
  1. elevation of the blood pressure, especially the diastolic pressure.
  2. an arterial disease characterized by this condition.
excessive or extreme emotional tenseness.
Origin of hypertension
1890-95; hyper- + tension
Related forms
antihypertension, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hypertension
  • hypertension is the term used to describe high blood pressure.
  • Often used to treat hypertension or migraines but its off-label use is tremendous.
  • Today physicians treat hypertension almost exclusively with medication.
  • Let your conscience guide you on whether to include the hypertension pill on your medications list.
  • Rarely, a condition called malignant hypertension develops.
  • Decades of research have suggested that our sodium habit is killing us via hypertension and heart disease.
  • Pulmonary hypertension is abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs.
  • Now, he is in the barracks too, being treated for hypertension.
  • Drug-induced hypertension is high blood pressure caused by using a chemical substance, drug, or medication.
  • There is no way that the cost of generic hypertension drugs can match that, even with doctor's visits.
British Dictionary definitions for hypertension


(pathol) abnormally high blood pressure
Derived Forms
hypertensive (ˌhaɪpəˈtɛnsɪv) adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for hypertension

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

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hypertension in Medicine

hypertension hy·per·ten·sion (hī'pər-těn'shən)

  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
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 definition

Abnormally high blood pressure.

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