hypotonic

adjective
hy·​po·​ton·​ic | \ ˌhī-pə-ˈtä-nik How to pronounce hypotonic (audio) , -pō- \

Definition of hypotonic

1 : having deficient tone or tension hypotonic children
2 : having a lower osmotic pressure than a surrounding medium or a fluid under comparison hypotonic organisms

Other Words from hypotonic

hypotonicity \ ˌhī-​pə-​tə-​ˈni-​sə-​tē How to pronounce hypotonicity (audio) , -​pō-​ \ noun

First Known Use of hypotonic

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hypotonic

International Scientific Vocabulary

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hypotonic

Time Traveler for hypotonic

Time Traveler

The first known use of hypotonic was in 1895

See more words from the same year

Statistics for hypotonic

Cite this Entry

“Hypotonic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypotonic. Accessed 21 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hypotonic

hypotonic

adjective
hy·​po·​ton·​ic | \ ˌhī-pə-ˈtän-ik, -pō- How to pronounce hypotonic (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypotonic

1 : having deficient tone or tension hypotonic children
2 : having a lower osmotic pressure than a surrounding medium or a fluid under comparison a hypotonic solution — compare hypertonic sense 2, isotonic sense 1

Other Words from hypotonic

hypotonically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hypotonically (audio) \ adverb

Comments on hypotonic

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

WORD OF THE DAY

good-natured easy friendliness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

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!