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hypotonic

Pronunciation: hi'po-ton'ik

Definition:

  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

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