hy·​po·​ten·​sion | \ ˌhī-pō-ˈten(t)-shən How to pronounce hypotension (audio) \

Definition of hypotension

: abnormally low blood pressure

Examples of hypotension in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Orthostatic hypotension occurs when the blood rushes to the feet and away from the brain as someone stands up after sitting or lying down. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Exercise in space keeps astronauts from fainting when they return to Earth, study says," 19 July 2019 Low blood pressure is also referred to as hypotension. NBC News, "What is a healthy blood pressure?," 18 July 2019 During the girl's hospitalization at Children's, Newman told the medical staff that her daughter had been diagnosed with dysautonomia, muscular dystrophy, mitochondrial disease, hypertension and hypotension, and severe dysmotility. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mom bound for trial in case of 10-year-old who police say received unnecessary medical procedures based on false health information," 10 June 2019 Orthostatic hypotension is an abrupt drop in blood pressure when someone stands up. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Anorexia knows no body type — and thinking otherwise can be a barrier to treatment," 20 Feb. 2019 Patients in the intensive treatment had a higher rate of certain side effects such as hypotension—or abnormally low blood pressure—and electrolyte abnormalities. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Aggressive Blood Pressure Treatment Reduces Cognitive Risk, Study Says," 25 July 2018 Ask for a free postural hypotension blood pressure screening and a Tinetti balance assessment provided by Day Kimball Healthcare at Home. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 1 May 2018 On March 16, 2017, a resident was admitted to a local hospital with twitching, hypothermia, hypotension and septic shock due to multifocal pneumonia, according to DPH. courant.com, "State Fines Six Nursing Homes After Residents Injured," 23 Mar. 2018 Experts have a name for this fleeting condition: initial orthostatic hypotension (OH). Markham Heid, Time, "You Asked: Why Do I Get Dizzy When I Stand Up?," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of hypotension

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypotension

hypo- + tension entry 1, probably after French hypotension

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“Hypotension.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypotension. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hypotension

medical : low blood pressure


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

Medical Definition of hypotension

1 : abnormally low pressure of the blood

called also low blood pressure

2 : abnormally low pressure of the intraocular fluid

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