hypertonic

adjective hy·per·ton·ic \ ˌhī-pər-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

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hypertonic

adjective hy·per·ton·ic \ -ˈtän-ik \

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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