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white–coat hypertension

noun

Definition of white–coat hypertension

  1. :  a temporary elevation in a patient's blood pressure that occurs when measured in a medical setting (as a physician's office) and that is usually due to anxiety on the part of the patient



Origin of white–coat hypertension

from the white laboratory coats worn by physicians


First Known Use: 1986


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