[hahy-per-tens] /ˌhaɪ pərˈtɛns/

extremely or abnormally tense, excitable, or snappish.


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    [hahy-per-ten-siv] /ˌhaɪ pərˈtɛn sɪv/ adjective 1. characterized by or causing high blood pressure. noun 2. a person who has high blood pressure. hypertensive hy·per·ten·sive (hī’pər-těn’sĭv) adj. n. A person having or susceptible to high blood pressure.

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    hypertensive arteriosclerosis n. A progressive increase in the muscle and elastic tissue of the arterial walls resulting from hypertension.

  • Hypertensive retinopathy

    hypertensive retinopathy n. A retinal condition that occurs in accelerated hypertension and that is characterized by arteriolar constriction, flame-shaped hemorrhages, cotton-wool patches, progressive severity of star-shaped edematous spot at the macula, and papilledema.

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