Asked Feb 9, 2019

Describe the special properties of water that make it vital to living systems, including: polarity, cohesion, temperature-stabilizing effects, and solvent properties.


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Water is about 50%-65% in an adult human body. It is the most important compound our body need. 

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Due to the following reasons the water is most important for the human body :-

1. Polar nature - Water is polar in nature due to the electronegativity difference between the hydrogen and oxygen molecule. The hydrogen atom has slight positive charge and oxygen atom has slight negative charge. Due to this property of water the polar compounds like sugar dissolve in water and are termes as hydrophilic compounds. Some compounds are non-polar like fats and lipids and do not dissolve in water and are hydrophobic in nature. 

2. Temperature stabilizing properties - Temperature is dependent on the motion. If the motion is high, then kinetic energy is high and in turn temperature is high. Moreover between the water molecules hy...

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