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[hahy-puh-ton-ik] /ˌhaɪ pəˈtɒn ɪk/

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 ).
Compare (def 1).
(pathol) (of muscles) lacking normal tone or tension
(of a solution) having a lower osmotic pressure than that of a specified, generally physiological, solution Compare hypertonic, isotonic

1873, from hypo- + tonic.

hypotonic hy·po·ton·ic (hī’pō-tŏn’ĭk)

hy’po·to·nic’i·ty (-tə-nĭs’ĭ-tē) n.


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