hypertonic

adjective
hy·​per·​ton·​ic | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈtä-nik How to pronounce hypertonic (audio) \

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

Examples of hypertonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also referred to as a hypertonic or hyperactive pelvic floor, this describes a state where the muscles in your pelvis hold too much tension and are unable to relax. Sarah Graham, refinery29.com, 21 May 2021 Sinus rinses like neti pots can help wash out mucus, especially when people use hypertonic saline, Dass said. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of hypertonic

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Jun 2021

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“Hypertonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypertonic. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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hypertonic

adjective
hy·​per·​ton·​ic | \ -ˈtän-ik How to pronounce hypertonic (audio) \

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 sense 2, isotonic sense 1

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