White-coat-hypertension meaning

wīt'kōt', hwĭt'-
Transient high blood pressure that occurs during a medical examination, presumably as a result of anxiety.
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Transient high blood pressure that occurs during a medical examination, presumably as a result of anxiety.
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(medicine, idiomatic) Elevated blood pressure measured by a medical practitioner and deemed to result from the patient's emotional response to the medical environment.
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Origin of white-coat-hypertension

  • From the white coats typically worn by physicians and other medical personnel during examinations
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition