Blood-pressure



the pressure of the blood against the inner walls of the blood vessels, varying in different parts of the body during different phases of contraction of the heart and under different conditions of health, exertion, etc.
Abbreviation: BP.
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A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I Various
The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
The Propaganda for Reform in Proprietary Medicines, Vol. 1 of 2 Various
The Adventures of Sally P. G. Wodehouse
Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 7 Various
Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
L. P. M. J. Stewart Barney

noun
the pressure exerted by the blood on the inner walls of the arteries, being relative to the elasticity and diameter of the vessels and the force of the heartbeat
blood pressure
The pressure of the blood in the vessels, especially the arteries, as it circulates through the body. Blood pressure varies with the strength of the heartbeat, the volume of blood being pumped, and the elasticity of the blood vessels. Arterial blood pressure is usually measured by means of a sphygmomanometer and reported in millimeters of mercury as a fraction, with the numerator equal to the blood pressure during systole and the denominator equal to the blood pressure during diastole. See more at hypertension, hypotension.

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