hypertonic

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adjective hy·per·ton·ic \-ˈtä-nik\

Definition of hypertonic

  1. 1 :  exhibiting excessive tone or tension <a hypertonic baby> <a hypertonic bladder>

  2. 2 :  having a higher osmotic pressure than a surrounding medium or a fluid under comparison

Origin and Etymology of hypertonic

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1855


Medical Dictionary

hypertonic

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adjective hy·per·ton·ic \-ˈtän-ik\

Medical Definition of hypertonic

  1. 1:  exhibiting excessive tone or tension <a hypertonic baby> <a hypertonic bladder>

  2. 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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