American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Normal firmness or functional readiness in body tissues or organs.
- n. The sustained partial contraction of resting or relaxed muscles.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoology, occasionally employed to denote the quality of dead, as well as living, tissue.
- n. Tone; the state or property of possessing tone or of being tonic; specifically, in physiol; the elasticity of living parts—a property of the muscles which is distinct from true irritability, and determines the general tone of the solids. In virtue of this power the dilators of the larynx keep this organ open, the face is kept symmetrical, the sphincters are kept closed, etc.
- n. In music. See the quotation.
- n. medicine The normal presence of tone or tension in a muscle or organ; tonus
- n. sciences The ability of a solution to exert an osmotic pressure upon a membrane
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Physiol.) The state of healthy tension or partial contraction of muscle fibers while at rest; tone; tonus.
- n. the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
“Evaluations from consumers selected to try the product included improvement in skin firmness, tonicity and hydration level.”
“According to the invite, socials will arrive for a cocktail hour to sample Talika's Bust Serum, which "after six weeks, increases the bra cup size by one cup, provides an 18% lift and, in many cases, improves tonicity.”
“And, as a matter of fact, the proper maturation of a wine is impossible without a due amount of tartar; besides this, it develops in the wine a well-defined vigour and tonicity, which improves its taste, while it also increases its alimentary qualities.”
“I also observed, carefully, her tension, the tonicity of her body. âStraighten your body, â I said.”
“I also observed, carefully, her tension, the tonicity of her body.”
“Whenever the rockets fall-those which are audible-he smiles, turns out to pace the ward, tears about to splash from the corners of his merry eyes, caught up in a ruddy high tonicity that can't help cheering his fellow patients.”
“He's the man that correlated the theory of optimum tonicity with the relaxation technique that Korzybski had developed empirically.”
“He's the man who correlated the theory of optimum tonicity with the relaxation technique that Korzybski had developed empirically.”
“Cases of too frequent nocturnal emissions accompanied by languor and headache are usually caused by irritability or lack of tonicity of the sexual apparatus, particularly of the seminal vesicles and the ducts.”
“But the muscles follow immediately in their development and rapidly gain volume and tonicity, filling out the arms, legs, back and shoulders with large masses of firm muscular tissue.”
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