- Physiology. (of tissue) having less than the normal tone.
- Physical Chemistry. noting a solution of lower osmotic pressure than another solution with which it is compared (opposed to hypertonic).Compare isotonic(def 1).
Origin of hypotonic
Related formshy·po·to·nic·i·ty [hahy-poh-toh-nis-i-tee] /ˌhaɪ poʊ toʊˈnɪs ɪ ti/, noun
First recorded in 1890–95; hypo-
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In a hypotonic solution they swell up and burst, the hmoglobin dissolving in the liquid and colouring it red.
Under the influence of such a hypotonic solution the dry cells rapidly swell up, burst, and are dissolved.
It gains weight in a hypotonic solution, the water current setting towards the point of higher concentration.
A bipolar field has a hypertonic pole or centre of concentration, and a hypotonic pole or centre of dilution.
We have thus two poles of diffusion of contrary signs, a hypotonic pole at the water drop, and a hypertonic pole at the salt drop.
British Dictionary definitions for hypotonic
Derived Formshypotonicity (ˌhaɪpətəˈnɪsɪtɪ), noun
- pathol (of muscles) lacking normal tone or tension
- (of a solution) having a lower osmotic pressure than that of a specified, generally physiological, solutionCompare hypertonic, isotonic
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Related formshy′po•to•nic′i•ty (-tə-nĭs′ĭ-tē) n.
- Having less than normal tone or tension, as of muscles or arteries.
- Having a lower osmotic pressure than a reference solution.
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