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 The former child actor, who appeared in the 2011 comedy Our Idiot Brother, intentionally ingested sodium nitrate, a preservative that, when ingested in high quantities, can lead to hypotension and limited oxygen flow in the body, which can be fatal. Greta Bjornson, PEOPLE.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Lidocaine is a depressant, which can normalize an irregular heartbeat or cause hypotension, which is low blood pressure. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, 2 June 2021 Excessive sweating was the next most common symptom, followed by fainting, nausea or vomiting, and hypotension. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 30 Apr. 2021 In 2019, the researchers were able to implant the device in a patient with a chronic spinal cord injury and a debilitating case of orthostatic hypotension. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, 27 Jan. 2021 For people with orthostatic hypotension, even moving between bed and one’s wheelchair, or sitting up to eat breakfast, can pose a risk. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, 27 Jan. 2021 One of the most common problems is orthostatic hypotension, or not being able to maintain a stable blood pressure when switching positions between sitting, standing, or lying down. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, 27 Jan. 2021 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, 19 July 2019 Low blood pressure is also referred to as hypotension. NBC News, 18 July 2019

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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 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of hypotension

: 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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