blood pressure meaning

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Noun: blood pressure  blúd 'preshu(r)
  1. The pressure of the circulating blood against the walls of the blood vessels; results from the systole of the left ventricle of the heart; sometimes measured for a quick evaluation of a person's health
    "adult blood pressure is considered normal at 120/80 where the first number is the systolic pressure and the second is the diastolic pressure"

Derived forms: blood pressures

See also: pressor

Type of: force per unit area, pressure, pressure level, vital sign

Part of: circulation

Encyclopedia: Blood pressure

PRESSURE of the BLOOD on the ARTERIES and other BLOOD VESSELS.n : pressure exerted by the blood upon the walls of the blood vessels and esp. arteries, usu. 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› —abbr. BP


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  1. the patient 's blood pressure is stable.
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  4. thanks to these new treatments, people with high blood pressure can live long and active lives.
  5. dozens of times each day, your blood pressure zigzags, adjusting to what you're feeling and doing.

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