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

Examples of white-coat hypertension in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People with white-coat hypertension regularly experience higher blood pressure in clinical settings as a result of anxiety or fear. Marion Renault, The Atlantic, "Telemedicine Has Resurrected the House Call," 6 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of white-coat hypertension was in 1981

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21 Aug 2020

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“White-coat hypertension.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white-coat%20hypertension. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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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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