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hypertonic

[ hahy-per-ton-ik ]
/ ˌhaɪ pərˈtɒn ɪk /
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adjective
Physiology. of or relating to hypertonia.
Physical Chemistry. noting a solution of higher osmotic pressure than another solution with which it is compared (opposed to hypotonic).Compare isotonic (def. 1).

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Origin of hypertonic

First recorded in 1850–55; hyperton(ia) + -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM hypertonic

hy·per·to·nic·i·ty [hahy-per-toh-nis-i-tee], /ˌhaɪ pər toʊˈnɪs ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hypertonic

hypertonic
/ (ˌhaɪpəˈtɒnɪk) /

adjective
(esp of muscles) being in a state of abnormally high tension
(of a solution) having a higher osmotic pressure than that of a specified, generally physiological, solutionCompare hypotonic, isotonic

Derived forms of hypertonic

hypertonicity (ˌhaɪpətəʊˈnɪsɪtɪ), noun
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Medical definitions for hypertonic

hypertonic
[ hī′pər-tŏnĭk ]

adj.
Having extreme muscular or arterial tension; spastic.
Having the higher osmotic pressure of two solutions.

Other words from hypertonic

hy′per•to•nici•ty (-tə-nĭsĭ-tē, -tō-) n.
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