blood pressure

noun

Definition of blood pressure

: 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

The doctor says he has high blood pressure. These drugs help lower blood pressure. She has a blood pressure of 120.
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Recent Examples on the Web Yet the complex mixture of allergens, toxins, and proteins can destroy cells, spread pain, overstimulate nerves, and drive down blood pressure for those who are allergic. Hannah Hoag, Quartz, "Life-saving wasp venom relies on a shaky supply chain," 16 Nov. 2020 One study from the University of North Carolina found that women who receive hugs from their partner have lower blood pressure and therefore a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Wife bans hugs, kisses, due to coronavirus concerns," 13 Nov. 2020 One study from the University of North Carolina found that women who receive hugs from their partner have lower blood pressure and therefore a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. cleveland, "Dear Annie: My wife has cut off all physical contact during the pandemic," 12 Nov. 2020 Starting to failWith less fluid, the heart has to work ever harder to maintain blood pressure. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Heat is killing more people than ever. Scientists are looking for ways to lower the risk," 12 Nov. 2020 Petting animals has been proven to lower blood pressure and relax us. Annette Sisco, NOLA.com, "Done with election drama? Here are some ways to pass the time as results roll in Tuesday," 2 Nov. 2020 What’s more, researchers found that being in nature and experiencing tranquil sounds of the outdoors can also lower blood pressure, bringing down stress levels and calm the body’s fight-or-flight response. Jeanette Settembre, Fox News, "Veterans, Gold Star families and fifth graders will get free access to national parks," 29 Oct. 2020 The fentanyl depressed his blood pressure, causing brain damage that pushed Boothman into an irreversible coma. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Drug error at Eskenazi Hospital killed prominent cancer researcher. Here's how it happened," 30 Oct. 2020 But if the thought of watching Alien currently sends you into a spiral of claustrophobic anxiety, look no further for a film that will not elevate your blood pressure. Erin Berger, Outside Online, "'Save Yourselves!' Is a Surprisingly Fun Disaster Movie," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of blood pressure

1854, in the meaning defined above

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24 Nov 2020

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“Blood pressure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blood%20pressure. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for blood pressure

blood pressure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blood pressure

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

blood pressure

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Kids Definition of blood pressure

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

blood pressure

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Medical Definition of blood pressure

: 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 120/80 a blood pressure of 120 abbreviation BP

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