hypotonic


hy·po·ton·ic

adjective \ˌhī-pə-ˈtä-nik, -pō-\

Definition of HYPOTONIC

1
:  having deficient tone or tension <hypotonic children>
2
:  having a lower osmotic pressure than a surrounding medium or a fluid under comparison <hypotonic organisms>
hy·po·to·nic·i·ty \-tə-ˈni-sə-tē\ noun

Origin of HYPOTONIC

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1895

hy·po·ton·ic

adjective \ˌhī-pə-ˈtän-ik, -pō-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HYPOTONIC

1
: having deficient tone or tension <hypotonic children>
2
: having a lower osmotic pressure than a surrounding medium or a fluid under comparison <a hypotonic solution>—compare hypertonic 2, isotonic 1
hy·po·ton·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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