6th December 2019


What does it mean if a solution is hypertonic to a cell?

Cells in Hypertonic Solutions. If concentrations of dissolved solutes are greater outside the cell, the concentration of water outside is correspondingly lower. As a result, water inside the cell will flow outwards to attain equilibrium, causing the cell to shrink.

What will happen to a cell if it is placed in a hypotonic solution?

The plant wilts because there is a loss of turgor pressure. What happens when a plant cell is placed in a hypotonic solution? The greatest concentration of water is outside the cell. Therefore, water enters the cell and fills the central vacuole, causing the contents of the plant cell to press against the cell wall.

What does a cell do in a hypotonic solution?

Water does this because, by diffusing to where there are more solutes, it essentially evens out the ratio of solvent and solute. When human cells are in a hypotonic solution, water will rush into the cell by osmosis, which is not good for the cell because it will fill with water and burst, or lyse.
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