blood pressure

Definitions of blood pressure
  1. noun
    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”
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    systolic pressure
    the blood pressure (as measured by a sphygmomanometer) during the contraction of the left ventricle of the heart
    diastolic pressure
    the blood pressure (as measured by a sphygmomanometer) after the contraction of the heart while the chambers of the heart refill with blood
    arterial pressure
    the pressure of the circulating blood on the arteries
    venous pressure
    the pressure exerted on the walls of the veins by the circulating blood
    type of:
    force per unit area, pressure, pressure level
    the force applied to a unit area of surface; measured in pascals (SI unit) or in dynes (cgs unit)
    vital sign
    sign of life; usually an indicator of a person's general physical condition
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