Medical Definition of Tension, arterial

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

Tension, arterial: The pressure of the blood within an artery, the arterial pressure. Also called the intra-arterial pressure. For example, elevated blood pressure is referred to as hypertension.

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Reviewed on 9/7/2018