blood pressure


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 Carcinoid tumors and pheochromocytoma are tumors that affect blood pressure. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 10 Jan. 2022 Interacting with animals has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol (a hormone related to stress) and lower blood pressure. Aimee Gilbreath, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 The warm light of candles has been shown to boost creativity, and staring at fire induces relaxation and lowers blood pressure. David G. Allan, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021 The BPM Connect can be used to check blood pressure with or without a smartphone. Matt Jancer, Wired, 29 Nov. 2021 Mary Isa records the blood pressure of Glenn Yamada, whose mother survived the explosion of an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan by the United States during World War II, on June 22, 2003, in Los Angeles, California. Time, 29 Sep. 2021 Studies show that pets lower humans' blood pressure and reduce feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and depression. The Week Staff, The Week, 15 Aug. 2021 Her mother, though, was able to take a pill and reduce her blood pressure, while Rainey’s remained out of control. Madeline Buckley,, 29 Dec. 2021 My question is what medication is available that won’t increase my blood pressure and cause a cerebral hemorrhage? Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 20 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of blood pressure

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blood pressure was in 1854

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17 Jan 2022

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“Blood pressure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of blood pressure

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

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Kids Definition of blood pressure

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

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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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