hy·​per·​ten·​sive | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈten(t)-siv How to pronounce hypertensive (audio) \

Definition of hypertensive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: affected with or caused by hypertension



Definition of hypertensive (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with hypertension

Examples of hypertensive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Ambler died of congestive heart failure and hypertensive cardiovascular disease associated with morbid obesity, in combination with forcible restraint, according to a custodial death report filed with the Texas Attorney General’s Office. NBC News, "Texas sheriff who starred on 'Live PD' charged with evidence tampering in Black man's death," 28 Sep. 2020 Romero interpreted a chart showing state figures on deaths associated with comorbidities — primarily hypertensive disease, diabetes, ischemic heart disease, heart failure and cerebrovascular disease. Eric E. Harrison, Arkansas Online, "State sees 273 new virus cases; delayed reports contribute to increase of 17 deaths," 1 Sep. 2020 The county's report also said Floyd's underlying health conditions included coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Independent autopsy finds George Floyd's death was 'homicide caused by asphyxia'," 1 June 2020 The initial report noted that Floyd had underlying health conditions such as coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "George Floyd's family told charges will be filed against other police officers," 2 June 2020 According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, Thomas died of hypertensive cardiomyopathy with acute chronic methamphetamine toxicity. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Death of inmate was accidental, officials say," 8 Aug. 2019 Oregon State Medical Examiner Sean Hurst ruled that Pitts died from cardiac dysrhythmia due to hypertensive heart disease, and his condition was made worse by the physical exertion from the fight with police. oregonlive, "Cause of death identified for man who died after September fight with Salem police," 28 Nov. 2019 In that same age group and time period, deaths from hypertensive diseases increased by 78.9%, and those linked to obesity by 114%. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "'A distinctly American phenomenon': Our workforce is dying faster than any other wealthy country, study shows," 27 Nov. 2019 Also this week, an 80-year-old man in Cook County, Illinois, died from cold exposure as a result of hypertensive and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to the coroner there. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Unseasonable, record-breaking cold across country blamed for at least 8 deaths," 13 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The other thing is that India also has a lot of hypertensives. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How COVID-19 Will Hit India," 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, "Dry eye can be an annoying, but treatable condition," 2 Nov. 2017

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1904, in the meaning defined above


1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Hypertensive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypertensive. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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hy·​per·​ten·​sive | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈten(t)-siv How to pronounce hypertensive (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypertensive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: marked by or due to hypertension hypertensive emergencies hypertensive renal disease also : affected with hypertension a hypertensive patient



Medical Definition of hypertensive (Entry 2 of 2)

: one affected with hypertension

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