Floppy vs Hypotonic - What's the difference?

floppy | hypotonic |

As adjectives the difference between floppy and hypotonic

is that floppy is limp, not hard, firm, or rigid; flexible while hypotonic is (of a solution) having a lower osmotic pressure than another.

As a noun floppy

is (computing) a floppy disk.




  • Limp, not hard, firm, or rigid; flexible.
  • * 2005 , , Bloomsbury Publishing, p. 3,
  • The smile, the white collar worn with a dark shirt, the floppy breast-pocket handkerchief would surely be famous when the chaps in the rows behind were mere forgotten grins and frowns.

    Derived terms

    * floppy disk, floppy disc


  • (computing) A floppy disk
  • Synonyms

    * diskette

    Derived terms

    * mini-floppy * micro-floppy



    (en adjective)
  • (of a solution) Having a lower osmotic pressure than another.
  • (medicine) Showing less than normal tension in the muscles or muscle tissue.
  • * 1983 , (Lawrence Durrell), Sebastian'', Faber & Faber 2004 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 1053:
  • But always he went the full length, crying until he was completely exhausted, worn out, hypotonic .


    * hypertonic

    See also

    * isotonic