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addaword.gifdefinition of white coat hypertension

noun
having higher blood pressure when it is measured in a doctor's surgery or in a hospital than when it is measured at home
About a quarter of people become anxious while they have their blood pressure taken in the surgery, meaning they potentially give a misleading reading. This wrongly pushes many into the high blood pressure zone, a phenomenon known as white coat hypertension.
Submitted by: Harry Spark from United Kingdom on 24/08/2011 16:33:00
Definition of white coat hypertension from the Open Dictionary – a public resource hosted by Macmillan English Dictionary Online

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