hy·​po·​ten·​sion ˌhī-pō-ˈten(t)-shən How to pronounce hypotension (audio)
: abnormally low blood pressure

Examples of hypotension in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The victims reported a variety of severe symptoms, including seizures, central nervous system depression, agitation, abnormal heart rates, hyper/hypotension, nausea and vomiting, the agency said Friday. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 9 June 2024 Some people who choose an epidural during labor experience a decrease in blood pressure (hypotension). Samantha Lauriello, Health, 26 May 2024 People who are truly dehydrated—which is common among older adults—can experience altered mental status, hypotension, kidney failure, and other complications that may require hospitalization. Angela Haupt, TIME, 13 May 2024 Viper venoms are often dominated by toxins known as metalloproteinases, which are a diverse group of tissue-destroying proteins whose effects range from hemorrhaging edema, inflammation, hypotension to necrosis. Scott Travers, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 One important reminder: Alcohol and sauna bathing of any kind don’t mix, since this can increase the risk of hypotension (low blood pressure) and arrhythmia (or irregular heartbeat), says Dr. Delkhah. Kylie Gilbert, Glamour, 18 Jan. 2024 The investigators report a case of significant perineal injury accompanied by hypotension associated with the use of a vacuum toilet on an airplane. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 28 July 2011 Also called orthostatic hypotension, that type of dizziness results from gravity quickly moving blood from the upper body to the lower body. Isadora Baum, Health, 11 Sep. 2023 Standing up can cause a blood pressure decrease, called orthostatic hypotension. Isadora Baum, Health, 11 Sep. 2023

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Word History


hypo- + tension entry 1, probably after French hypotension

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypotension was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Hypotension.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypotension. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


hy·​po·​ten·​sion ˈhī-pō-ˌten-chən How to pronounce hypotension (audio)

Medical Definition


hy·​po·​ten·​sion ˈhī-pō-ˌten-chən How to pronounce hypotension (audio)
: abnormally low pressure of the blood

called also low blood pressure

: abnormally low pressure of the intraocular fluid

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