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Related to hypertonicity: hypotonicity
1. Physiology Having extreme muscular or arterial tension.
2. Chemistry Having the higher osmotic pressure of two solutions.
hy′per·to·nic′i·ty (-tə-nĭs′ĭ-tē) n.
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|Noun||1.||hypertonicity - (of a solution) the extent to which a solution has a higher osmotic pressure than some other|
osmotic pressure - (physical chemistry) the pressure exerted by a solution necessary to prevent osmosis into that solution when it is separated from the pure solvent by a semipermeable membrane
hypotonicity - (of a solution) the extent to which a solution has a lower osmotic pressure than some other
|2.||hypertonicity - (of muscular tissue) the state of being hypertonic|
tonicity, tonus, tone - the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; "the doctor tested my tonicity"