Definition of white coat syndrome in English:

white coat syndrome


  • 1The wearing of a white coat as a symbol of professional status, especially in medicine or science; (also) the (excessive) attribution of authority to a person wearing such a coat or to science itself (now rare).

  • 2Anxiety occurring in response to an encounter with a health care professional, especially when this causes raised blood pressure.


1960s; earliest use found in Muscatine (Iowa) Journal.