an·​ti·​hy·​per·​ten·​sive ˌan-tē-ˌhī-pər-ˈten(t)-siv How to pronounce antihypertensive (audio) ˌan-tī- How to pronounce antihypertensive (audio)
: a substance that is effective against high blood pressure
antihypertensive adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antihypertensive was in 1941

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Cite this Entry

“Antihypertensive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
an·​ti·​hy·​per·​ten·​sive -ˌhī-pər-ˈten(t)-siv How to pronounce antihypertensive (audio)
variants also antihypertension
: used or effective against high blood pressure
antihypertensive drugs


2 of 2 noun
: an antihypertensive agent (as a drug)
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