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orthostatic hypotension

Medicine/Medical. a fall in blood pressure associated with an upright position, usually occurring as a result of standing still for a long time or rising from a prolonged stay in bed and often causing faintness, dizziness, and vision disturbances.
Also called postural hypotension.
Origin of orthostatic hypotension
1900-05 Unabridged
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Contemporary definitions for orthostatic-hypotension

low blood pressure occurring upon standing up or when standing, often accompanied by faintness, dizziness, and vision disturbances; also called postural hypotension


When a person experiences any of the symptoms above, a physician can confirm orthostatic hypotension if the person's blood pressure falls significantly on standing up and returns to normal when lying down.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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orthostatic-hypotension in Medicine

orthostatic hypotension n.
A form of low blood pressure precipitated by moving from a lying or sitting position to standing up straight. Also called postural hypotension.

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