blood pressure


Definition of blood pressure

: pressure that is exerted by the blood upon the walls of the blood vessels and especially arteries and that varies with the muscular efficiency of the heart, the blood volume and viscosity, the age and health of the individual, and the state of the vascular wall

Examples of blood pressure in a Sentence

The doctor says he has high blood pressure. These drugs help lower blood pressure. She has a blood pressure of 120.
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Recent Examples on the Web This medication can slow down your heartbeat, so doctors recommend monitoring your heart rate and blood pressure for up to six hours after taking the drug. Korin Miller, SELF, 12 Nov. 2021 During his two terms at the White House from 1993 to 2001, Clinton was fitted with a hearing aid and struggled with weight, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 All of the best fitness trackers can monitor activity, speed, steps, sleep, heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. Julie Gallagher, Wired, 17 Sep. 2021 The veteran’s name was not included, but there were handwritten recordings showing his heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and mental status. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 The devices check on patients' heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen rates. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, 22 Aug. 2020 Emergency medical staff intubated Karissa and attempted to stabilize her blood pressure. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 6 Nov. 2021 In some territories the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 can be used to measure your blood pressure. Andrew Williams, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Medical tests near the end of his presidency in January 2001 showed elevated levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, but nothing outside the kinds of medical problems often associated with aging., 15 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of blood pressure

1854, in the meaning defined above

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25 Nov 2021

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“Blood pressure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blood pressure

: the force with which blood moves through a person's body

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Kids Definition of blood pressure

: pressure of the blood on the walls of blood vessels and especially arteries

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Medical Definition of blood pressure

: pressure exerted by the blood upon the walls of the blood vessels and especially arteries, usually measured on the radial artery by means of a sphygmomanometer, and expressed in millimeters of mercury either as a fraction having as numerator the maximum pressure that follows systole of the left ventricle of the heart and as denominator the minimum pressure that accompanies cardiac diastole or as a whole number representing the first value only a blood pressure of 120/80 a blood pressure of 120 abbreviation BP


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