Tonic vs Serum - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between tonic and serum
is that tonic
is a substance with medicinal properties intended to restore or invigorate or tonic
can be (music) the first note of a scale while serum
As an adjective tonic
is (physics|pathology) pertaining to tension, especially of muscles or tonic
can be (music) pertaining to the keynote of a composition.
* tonick (obsolete)
From (etyl) . 17th century writers believed health to be derived from firmly stretched muscles, thus tonic''; the extension of ''tonic medicine appeared in the late 18th century.
(physics, pathology) Pertaining to tension, especially of muscles.
* 2009 , Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice , Vintage 2010, p. 316:
Restorative, curative or invigorating.
- Out in front and across the street, Doc noted half a dozen or so young men, not loitering or doing substances but poised and tonic , as if waiting for some standing order to take effect.
- The arrival of the new members had a tonic effect on the team.
A substance with medicinal properties intended to restore or invigorate.
(US, Northeastern US) Any of various carbonated, non-alcoholic beverages; soda pop.
(figuratively) Something that revitalises or reinvigorates.
- We used to brew a tonic from a particular kind of root.
, date=February 5
, author=Paul Fletcher
, title=Newcastle 4 - 4 Arsenal
, passage=The result is the perfect tonic
for Newcastle, coming at the end of a week that saw the departure of Andy Carroll to Liverpool on Monday and an injury to Shola Ameobi during Wednesday's defeat at Fulham.}}
(music) Pertaining to the keynote of a composition.
Pertaining to the accent or stress in a word or in speech.
Of or relating to tones or sounds; specifically (phonetics, dated) being or relating to a speech sound made with tone unmixed and undimmed by obstruction, i.e. a vowel or diphthong.
(music) The first note of a scale.
(music) The triad built on the tonic note.
(phonetics) A tonic element or letter; a vowel or a diphthong.
The clear yellowish fluid obtained upon separating whole blood into its solid and liquid components after it has been allowed to clot. Also called blood serum.
Blood serum from the tissues of immunized animals, containing antibodies and used to transfer immunity to another individual, called antiserum.
A watery fluid from animal tissue, especially one that moistens the surface of serous membranes or that is exuded by such membranes when they become inflamed, such as in edema or a blister.
The watery portion of certain animal fluids, as blood, milk, etc; whey.
(skincare) An intensive moisturising product to be applied after cleansing but before a general moisturiser.
* blood serum
* immune serum
* serum sickness
* truth serum