- 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
- 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, “XVII, XVIII, and XIX”, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855 ↗:
- She threw her head back and inflated the lungs. “UPJOHN!” she boomed, rather like someone calling the cattle home across the sands of Dee, and I issued a kindly word of warning. “Watch that blood pressure, old ancestor.” “Never you mind my blood pressure. You let it alone, and it'll leave you alone. UPJOHN!”
- The nurse spent all day taking blood pressures at the hospital.
- French: tension artérielle
- German: Blutdruck
- Italian: pressione, pressione sanguigna, pressione del sangue
- Portuguese: pressão sanguínea, pressão
- Russian: кровяно́е давле́ние
- Spanish: presión sanguínea, tensión arterial, tensión venosa, presión arterial