hypertonic

[hahy-per-ton-ik]
adjective
1.
Physiology. of or pertaining to hypertonia.
2.
Physical Chemistry. noting a solution of higher osmotic pressure than another solution with which it is compared (opposed to hypotonic ). Compare isotonic ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1850–55; hyperton(ia) + -ic

hypertonicity [hahy-per-toh-nis-i-tee] , noun
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hypertonic (ˌhaɪpəˈtɒnɪk)
 
adj
1.  (esp of muscles) being in a state of abnormally high tension
2.  hypotonic Compare isotonic (of a solution) having a higher osmotic pressure than that of a specified, generally physiological, solution
 
hypertonicity
 
n

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hypertonic hy·per·ton·ic (hī'pər-tŏn'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Having extreme muscular or arterial tension; spastic.

  2. Having the higher osmotic pressure of two solutions.


hy'per·to·nic'i·ty (-tə-nĭs'ĭ-tē, -tō-) n.
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However, it's been shown that hypertonic saline also can temporarily paralyze your nasal cilia, so mucous can stagnate.
Hypertonic saline is used in treating hyponatremia and cerebral edema.
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