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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Melatonin can also lower blood pressure, which can cause hypotension. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 2 May 2023 Minor adjustments to one's diet and everyday behaviors can also be helpful in reducing instances of hypotension. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2023 Could that cause his positional hypotension? Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, 30 Nov. 2022 When given to people, opioids can cause severe side effects including hypotension (low blood pressure), dizziness and loss of coordination. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 30 Mar. 2017 Six hours later he was admitted to the emergency room with abdominal pain, dysuria, gross haematuria with clots, hypotension, fever and renal insufficiency. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 8 Sep. 2017 Dizziness is also a common symptom of hypotension, or low blood pressure, Dr. Mandal says. Emilia Benton, Women's Health, 10 Mar. 2023 When this happens, our blood pressure levels drop rapidly, resulting in a condition called hypotension. Sarah Watts, Discover Magazine, 4 Mar. 2021 Orthostatic hypotension also occurs if the circulatory system is not fully expanded, which might happen when you are dehydrated or have had serious blood loss. H Lee Kagan, Discover Magazine, 27 Aug. 2011 See More

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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 1 Jun. 2023.

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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