elevation of the blood pressure, especially the diastolic pressure.
an arterial disease characterized by this condition.

excessive or extreme emotional tenseness.
Contemporary Examples

By one estimate I’ve seen, hypertension control has cut the death rate from stroke in half, and from heart attacks by a third.
Study: Giving People Government Health Insurance May Not Make them Any Healthier Megan McArdle April 30, 2013

Some were elderly with underlying conditions like hypertension and diabetes.
Did This Flu Vaccine Kill 13? Barbie Latza Nadeau December 1, 2014

Our current preventive routine focuses on treating such cardiac risk factors as hypertension and cholesterol.
Doctors Should Start Advocating Dietary Options to Treat Heart Disease Daniela Drake July 10, 2013

Alcohol also improves your levels of good vs. bad cholesterol, and lowers the risk of hypertension.
In Defense of My Drinking Habit Laura Fraser March 21, 2009

Of course, we shouldn’t go overboard: Oregon only looked at hypertension, cholesterol, and blood sugar.
No, Really, It’s Possible That Health Insurance May Not Make Us Healthier Megan McArdle May 6, 2013

Historical Examples

Attention has been called to hypertension as an early, and some think an invariable, sign of chronic nephritis.
Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield

It is a state of the nervous system such as appears in hypertension.
Metapsychical Phenomena J. Maxwell

Patients suffering from the association of chronic nephritis with hypertension die slowly, usually.
Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield

Goaded and overkeyed into a state of hypertension, it had retaliated with insensibility.
Satan Sanderson Hallie Erminie Rives

It is particularly constant in hypertension where the most beautiful examples are seen.
Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield

(pathol) abnormally high blood pressure

1863, from hyper- + tension. Originally in medical use; of emotions or nerves, from 1936.

hypertension hy·per·ten·sion (hī’pər-těn’shən)

Persistent high blood pressure.

Arterial disease in which chronic high blood pressure is the primary symptom.

Abnormally high blood pressure, especially in the arteries. High blood pressure increases the risk for heart attack and stroke. Also called high blood pressure.

Abnormally high blood pressure.


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