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

First Known Use of hypertonic

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hypertonic

International Scientific Vocabulary

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hypertonic

Share hypertonic

Statistics for hypertonic

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for hypertonic

The first known use of hypertonic was in 1855

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hypertonic

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 sense 2, isotonic sense 1

Comments on hypertonic

What made you want to look up hypertonic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a magnificent or impressive array

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!