the pressure exerted by the blood against the inner walls of the blood vessels, esp. the arteries, or the heart: it varies with health, age, emotional tension, etc.
The pressure exerted by the blood against the walls of the blood vessels, especially the arteries. It varies with the strength of the heartbeat, the elasticity of the arterial walls, the volume and viscosity of the blood, and a person's health, age, and physical condition.
(plural blood pressures)
- The pressure exerted by the blood against the walls of the arteries and veins; it varies during the heartbeat cycle, and according to a person's age, health and physical condition.
- the great majority of people who have serious conditions from high blood pressure suffer debilitating illness
- The measurement of a person's blood pressure, expressed as systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure readings.
- The nurse spent all day taking blood pressures at the hospital.