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hy·​per·​ten·​sive ˌhī-pər-ˈten(t)-siv How to pronounce hypertensive (audio)
: affected with or caused by hypertension


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: an individual affected with hypertension

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
The instructor had a history of hypertensive disease, also known as high blood pressure, according to the report. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2023 Doctors should measure blood pressure frequently throughout a person's pregnancy to screen for hypertensive disorders regardless of symptoms, according to draft guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 10 Feb. 2023 No one knows exactly why hypertensive disorders have doubled in prevalence in the past three decades, but women are having children at older ages than in the past. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2023 The death certificate initially reported that Smith died of natural causes, listing her only known condition, hypertensive cardiovascular disease, or high blood pressure, as the cause. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, 20 Mar. 2022 Tom Neuman, a physician and national expert in respiratory physiology and asphyxia, determined a cardiac incident was the cause of death, citing significant heart disease, obesity, hypertensive cardiovascular disease and an enlarged heart. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2022 Deaths from hypertensive heart disease, or heart ailments due to high blood pressure, doubled and are on track to remain that high in 2021. USA Today, 22 Dec. 2021 The star, 63, died of hypertension and high cholesterol, with her official cause of death listed as arteriosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease, according to TMZ. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2023 High crime rates, too, have been associated with preterm birth, as well as hypertensive disease in pregnancy, which in turn is a condition associated with chronic stress. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 30 Jan. 2023
The other thing is that India also has a lot of hypertensives. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2020 Antihistamines, anti-depressants, anti-hypertensives, and even oral contraceptives can lead to tear film deficiencies as well. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, 2 Nov. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1904, in the meaning defined above


1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypertensive was in 1904

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Cite this Entry

“Hypertensive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypertensive. Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: having or marked by high blood pressure

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
hy·​per·​ten·​sive ˌhī-pər-ˈten(t)-siv How to pronounce hypertensive (audio)
: marked by or due to hypertension
hypertensive emergencies
hypertensive renal disease
also : affected with hypertension
a hypertensive patient


2 of 2 noun
: one affected with hypertension
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