Definition of prehypertension in English:


Pronunciation /ˌprēˌhīpərˈtenSHən/ /ˌpriˌhaɪpərˈtɛnʃən/


  • The condition of having blood pressure between 120/80 mmHg and 139/89 mmHg, considered an indication of risk for hypertension.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The revised guidelines incorporate recent research and present updated recommendations for lifestyle approaches, such as dietary changes for children and adolescents who have prehypertension as well as hypertension.’
    • ‘With 60% of the population affected, the United States is facing a serious challenge in the prevention and management of prehypertension and hypertension.’
    • ‘It's also part of the reason why we now have a category of blood pressure called prehypertension.’
    • ‘The new prehypertension category reflects this risk and, we hope, will prompt people to take preventive action early.’
    • ‘If you have prehypertension, exercise can help you avoid developing full-blown hypertension.’
    • ‘Hypertension, like diabetes, has a preclinical stage of development, recently identified as prehypertension by the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.’


Early 21st century.



/ˌprēˌhīpərˈtenSHən/ /ˌpriˌhaɪpərˈtɛnʃən/