Meaning of hypertension

hy•per•ten•sion

Pronunciation: (hī"pur-ten'shun), [key]
— n.
    1. elevation of the blood pressure, esp. the diastolic pressure.
    2. an arterial disease characterized by this condition.
  1. excessive or extreme emotional tenseness.
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