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Related to isotonic saline: hypotonic saline
isotonic salinesterile sodium chloride solution at physiological concentration (0.87%); used as a wound-cleansing agent or irrigating fluid
1. of equal tension.
2. denoting a solution in which body cells can be bathed without net flow of water across the semipermeable cell membrane; also, denoting a solution having the same tonicity as another solution with which it is compared.
muscle contraction without appreciable change in the force of contraction; the distance between the muscle's origin and insertion becomes lessened.
occurs when the fluid lost is isotonic with serum, as in sweating, simple enteritis, nephrosis. There are therefore no errors of electrolyte balance likely to result.
see normal saline.