white-coat hypertension

noun
variants: or white coat hypertension

Definition of white-coat hypertension 

: a temporary elevation in a patient's blood pressure that occurs when measured in a medical setting (such as a physician's office) and that is usually due to anxiety on the part of the patient

First Known Use of white-coat hypertension

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for white-coat hypertension

from the white laboratory coats worn by physicians

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white coat hypertension

noun

Medical Definition of white coat hypertension 

: a temporary elevation in a patient's blood pressure that occurs when measured in a medical setting (as a physician's office) and that is usually due to anxiety on the part of the patient

called also white coat effect

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