Related formshy·per·to·nic·i·ty [hahy-per-toh-nis-i-tee] /ˌhaɪ pər toʊˈnɪs ɪ ti/, noun
- 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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British Dictionary definitions for hypertonicity
Derived Formshypertonicity (ˌhaɪpətəʊˈnɪsɪtɪ), noun
- (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
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Word Origin and History for hypertonicity
1855, from hyper- + tonic. Related: Hypertonia; hypertonicity.
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hypertonicity in Medicine
Related formshy′per•to•nic′i•ty (-tə-nĭs′ĭ-tē, -tō-) n.
- Having extreme muscular or arterial tension; spastic.
- Having the higher osmotic pressure of two solutions.
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