Definition of prehypertension in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌprēˌhīpərˈtenSHən/

Entry from US English dictionary


The condition of having blood pressure between 120/80 mmHg and 139/89 mmHg, considered an indication of risk for hypertension.
Example sentences
  • Now with that blood pressure measurement, you'd be diagnosed with the abnormal condition of prehypertension, at risk of life-threatening cardiovascular complications.
  • The strong association of high blood pressure with obesity and the marked increase in the prevalence of childhood obesity indicate that hypertension and prehypertension are becoming a significant health issue in the young.
  • Further, prehypertension and residual hypertension together may account for nearly 14% of deaths, nearly 10% of nursing home admissions, and 4.7% of hospital admissions per 10,000 adults aged 25 to 74 years.



Pronunciation: /-siv/
Example sentences
  • Patients with a systolic blood pressure of 120 to 139 mm Hg or a diastolic blood pressure of 80 to 89 mm Hg should be considered as prehypertensive and require health-promoting lifestyle modifications;
  • If an adolescent's blood pressure is greater than 120/80 mm Hg, the patient is prehypertensive.
  • It's in the prehypertensive child that weight, diet and exercise become especially important because we can stop it from becoming full-blown hypertension.


Early 21st century.

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Syllabification: pre·hy·per·ten·sion

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