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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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blood pressure was in 1854

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“Blood pressure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

blood pressure

: pressure of the blood on the walls of blood vessels and especially arteries that varies with physical condition and age

Medical Definition

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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