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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Talk to a nurse about your general health or get your blood pressure or blood sugar checked. courant.com, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 3 July 2019 Myra’s condition deteriorated over the next day as her blood pressure skyrocketed and her kidneys began shutting down. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al.com, "Black, poor and Southern: One of the deadliest demographics for pregnant women in America," 25 June 2019 At my check-up, my blood pressure registered at 110/70. Donna Blass, Health.com, "I Had a Perfectly Normal EKG at My Check-Up—and the Next Day I Had a Heart Attack," 7 June 2019 Authorities said Hoegel administered medications to patients to create arrhythmias, drive their blood pressure down to gravely low levels and, ultimately, induce cardiac arrest. Lindsey Bever, Anchorage Daily News, "German nurse sentenced for killing 85 patients," 6 June 2019 Those compounds contribute a savory, umami taste with no ramifications for your blood pressure or heart disease risk. Lisa Mulcahy, Good Housekeeping, "6 Surprising Mushroom Health Benefits for Your Skin, Brain, and Bones," 3 June 2019 Exercise was pushed aside, while her blood pressure and weight crept up. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, ""I Set Out to Improve My Blood Pressure and Lost 111 Pounds'," 3 Oct. 2018 The drug is also associated with transient increases in blood pressure. STAT, "The FDA erred in approving new women’s libido drug; don’t reward Palatin Technologies," 24 June 2019 By far the most common trigger for fainting is a drop in blood pressure due to a strong vasovagal response. Anne R. Crecelius, The Conversation, "Why do people faint?," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of blood pressure

1854, in the meaning defined above

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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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