tonicity

noun

to·​nic·​i·​ty tō-ˈni-sə-tē How to pronounce tonicity (audio)
1
: the property of possessing tone
especially : healthy vigor of body or mind
2
: muscular tonus

Examples of tonicity in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tonicity was in 1824

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“Tonicity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tonicity. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

tonicity

noun
to·​nic·​i·​ty tō-ˈnis-ət-ē How to pronounce tonicity (audio)
plural tonicities
1
: the property of possessing tone
especially : healthy vigor of body or mind
2
3
: the osmotic pressure of a solution
the cells swell and shrink with changing tonicity of the environment

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