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adjective ton·ic \ˈtä-nik\

Definition of TONIC

1
a :  characterized by tonus <tonic contraction of muscle>; also :  marked by prolonged muscular contraction <tonic convulsions>
b :  producing or adapted to produce healthy muscular condition and reaction of organs (as muscles)
2
a :  increasing or restoring physical or mental tone :  refreshing
b :  yielding a tonic substance
3
:  relating to or based on the first tone of a scale <tonic harmony>
4
of a syllable :  bearing a principal stress or accent
5
:  of or relating to speech tones or to languages using them to distinguish words otherwise identical
ton·i·cal·ly \ˈtä-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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Examples of TONIC

  1. <breathe in clear tonic mountain air>
  2. <never underestimate the tonic power of humor on a sick person>

Origin of TONIC

Greek tonikos, from tonos tension, tone
First Known Use: 1649

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

Rhymes with TONIC

2tonic

noun

: a type of water that has bubbles in it, has a bitter taste, and is often used in alcoholic drinks

: something that makes you feel healthier and more relaxed

: a medicine that brings you back to a normal physical or mental condition

Full Definition of TONIC

1
:  the first tone of a major or minor scale :  keynote
2
a :  an agent (as a drug) that increases body tone
b :  one that invigorates, restores, refreshes, or stimulates <a day in the country was a tonic for him>
c :  a liquid preparation for the scalp or hair
d chiefly New England :  a carbonated flavored beverage
e :  tonic water
3
:  a voiced sound

First Known Use of TONIC

1797

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

Rhymes with TONIC

TONIC Defined for Kids

tonic

noun ton·ic \ˈtä-nik\

Definition of TONIC for Kids

1
:  a medicine or preparation for improving the strength or health of mind or body
2
:  soda pop Hint:This sense of tonic is used mostly in New England.
3
:  the first note of a scale

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