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blood pressure

noun

Simple Definition of blood pressure

  • : the force with which blood moves through a person's body

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of blood pressure

  1. :  pressure that is exerted by the blood upon the walls of the blood vessels and especially arteries and that varies with the muscular efficiency of the heart, the blood volume and viscosity, the age and health of the individual, and the state of the vascular wall

Examples of blood pressure in a sentence

  1. The doctor says he has high blood pressure.

  2. These drugs help lower blood pressure.

  3. She has a blood pressure of 120.



1873

First Known Use of blood pressure

1873


BLOOD PRESSURE Defined for Kids

blood pressure

noun

Definition of blood pressure for Students

  1. :  pressure of the blood on the walls of blood vessels and especially arteries




Medical Dictionary

blood pressure

noun

Medical Definition of blood pressure

  1. :  pressure exerted by the blood upon the walls of the blood vessels and especially arteries, usually measured on the radial artery by means of a sphygmomanometer, and expressed in millimeters of mercury either as a fraction having as numerator the maximum pressure that follows systole of the left ventricle of the heart and as denominator the minimum pressure that accompanies cardiac diastole or as a whole number representing the first value only <a blood pressure of {frac120/80}> <a blood pressure of 120>—abbreviation BP





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