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

First Known Use of hypertonic

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hypertonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypertonic. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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