hypertonic


hy·per·ton·ic

adjective \-ˈtä-nik\

Definition of HYPERTONIC

1
:  exhibiting excessive tone or tension <a hypertonic baby> <a hypertonic bladder>
2
:  having a higher osmotic pressure than a surrounding medium or a fluid under comparison

Origin of HYPERTONIC

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1855

hy·per·ton·ic

adjective \-ˈtän-ik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HYPERTONIC

1
: exhibiting excessive tone or tension <a hypertonic baby> <a hypertonic bladder>
2
: having a higher osmotic pressure than a surrounding medium or a fluid under comparison <animals that produce urine which is hypertonic to their blood>—compare hypotonic 2, isotonic 1

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