hypotonic

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Etymology[edit]

From hypo- +‎ tonic.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /hʌɪpə(ʊ)ˈtɒnɪk/

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hypotonic (comparative more hypotonic, superlative most hypotonic)

  1. (of a solution) Having a lower osmotic pressure than another.
  2. (medicine) Showing less than normal tension in the muscles or muscle tissue.
    • 1983, Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1053:
      But always he went the full length, crying until he was completely exhausted, worn out, hypotonic.

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