Asked Sep 14, 2019

Please explain the difference between hypoosmotic and hyperosmotic. I know that is has to do with different concentrations, but please explain it by comparing how the concentrations are different inside AND outside of the cell.


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When one solution has a lower osmotic concentration than the other, the condition is known to be hypoosmotic. Hypoosmotic solutions have a lower solute concentration. For example, if a cell from freshwater is placed into a beaker of saltwater, the cell is said to be hypoosmotic to the water. The concentration of solute is more in saltwater than in freshwater. So, the freshwater cell is hypoosmotic compared to the saltwater. Thus, in a hypoosmotic cell, the solute concentration is less inside the cell than outside.

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