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1Chemistry. Exhibiting or relating to the form of tautomerism called ionotropy. rare.
2Physical Chemistry. Of a gel or its particles: exhibiting ionotropy; of or relating to such a gel.
3Physiology. Designating a neurotransmitter that functions by altering the flow of ions across the cell membrane of the postsynaptic cell; designating a cell receptor whose effect is mediated in this way; relating to or involving such receptors.
1930s. From iono- + -tropic, after ionotropy<br>1930s; earliest use found in Journal Allergy. Alteration of inotropic by association with ionotropic.
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