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hypotonic

[ hahy-puh-ton-ik ]
/ ˌhaɪ pəˈtɒn ɪk /
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adjective
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).

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Origin of hypotonic

First recorded in 1890–95; hypo- + tonic

OTHER WORDS FROM hypotonic

hy·po·to·nic·i·ty [hahy-poh-toh-nis-i-tee], /ˌhaɪ poʊ toʊˈnɪs ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hypotonic

hypotonic
/ (ˌhaɪpəˈtɒnɪk) /

adjective
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

Derived forms of hypotonic

hypotonicity (ˌhaɪpətəˈnɪsɪtɪ), noun
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Medical definitions for hypotonic

hypotonic
[ hī′pō-tŏnĭk ]

adj.
Having less than normal tone or tension, as of muscles or arteries.
Having a lower osmotic pressure than a reference solution.

Other words from hypotonic

hy′po•to•nici•ty (-tə-nĭsĭ-tē) n.
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