Definition of Hypotonic

1. Adjective. (of living tissue) lacking normal tone or tension.

Antonyms: Hypertonic
Derivative terms: Hypotonia, Hypotonicity

2. Adjective. (of a solution) having a lower osmotic pressure than a comparison solution.
Antonyms: Hypertonic, Isotonic
Derivative terms: Hypotonicity

Definition of Hypotonic

1. Adjective. (context: of a solution) Having a lower osmotic pressure than another. ¹

2. Adjective. (medicine) Showing less than normal tension in the muscles or muscle tissue. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hypotonic

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Hypotonic

1. 1. Having a lesser degree of tension. 2. Having a lesser osmotic pressure than a reference solution, which is ordinarily assumed to be blood plasma or interstitial fluid; more specifically, refers to a fluid in which cells would swell. Synonym: hypoisotonic. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hypotonic

hypothrombinaemia
hypothrombinemia
hypothromboplastinaemia
hypothymia
hypothymic
hypothymism
hypothyroid
hypothyroid dwarf
hypothyroid dwarfism
hypothyroid infantilism
hypothyroidism
hypothyroidisms
hypothyroxinaemia
hypotonia
hypotonias
hypotonic (current term)
hypotonic solution
hypotonic solutions
hypotonicities
hypotonicity
hypotonus
hypotoxicity
hypotraceable
hypotrachelia
hypotrachelium
hypotrich
hypotricha
hypotrichiasis
hypotrichida
hypotrichosis

Literary usage of Hypotonic

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1. Monographic Medicine by Albion Walter Hewlett, Henry Leopold Elsner (1916)
"When the salt solution is less concentrated (hypotonic), the corpuscles take up water, swell, and finally discharge their hemoglobin. ..."

2. Block anesthesia and allied subjects: With Special Chapters on the Maxillary by Arthur Ervin Smith (1920)
"Experiments with hypotonic and hypertonic solutions. To Tut* 2 seven mils of an isotonic (1.30 per cent) solution was added which caused the erythro- |>I« ..."

3. International Medical and Surgical Surveyby American Institute of Medicine by American Institute of Medicine (1922)
"(1d—188) (1d—188) hypotonic Solutions in the Technic of the Morphologic Study of Microorganisms and the Staining of Spirochaeta Pal- lida. ..."

4. The Medical Clinics of North America by Michael C. Fiore, Stephen S. Entman, Charles B. Rush (1922)
"This test is performed by setting up a series of about 20 small test- tubes, to each of which is then added 1 cc of hypotonic sodium chlorid solution in ..."

5. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"Two techniques commonly used are hypotonic lysis (8) and ammonium chloride lysis (7). Table III summarizes the amount of aggregation associated with these ..."

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