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Definition of White coat hypertension

White coat hypertension: A transient increase in blood pressure (hypertension) that is triggered by the sight of medical personnel in white coats (or other attire). Ideally, people so affected should do their best to relax when in the medical office.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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