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hypotonic

 [hi″po-ton´ik]
1. having an abnormally reduced tonicity or tension.
2. having an osmotic pressure lower than that of the solution with which it is compared.

hy·po·ton·ic

(hī'pō-ton'ik),
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(s): hypoisotonic

hypotonic

(hī′pō-tŏn′ĭk)
adj.
1. Having less than normal tone or tension, as of muscles or arteries.
2. Chemistry Having the lower osmotic pressure of two solutions.

hy′po·to·nic′i·ty (-tə-nĭs′ĭ-tē) n.

hy·po·ton·ic

(hī'pō-ton'ik)
1. Having a lesser degree of tension.
2. Having a lesser osmotic pressure than a reference solution, ordinarily plasma or interstitial fluid.
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Fig. 193 Hypotonic . The movement of water from a hypotonic fluid to a hypertonic one.

hypotonic

(of a fluid) having a less-negative WATER POTENTIAL or a lower solute concentration than another fluid, which is hypertonic to it.

See also PLASMOLYSIS.

hy·po·ton·ic

(hī'pō-ton'ik)
1. Having a lesser degree of tension.
2. Having a lesser osmotic pressure than a reference solution, ordinarily plasma or interstitial fluid.