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Asked Oct 21, 2019

What is meant by isotonic, hypotonic, and hypertonic in terms of a solution surrounding a cell membrane?

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A hypotonic solution is any solution that has a lower osmotic pressure than another solution. If the solution outside the cell membrane has an osmolarity lower than that solution inside the cell, the net flow of water will be inside the cell. Hence, the solution surrounding the cell membrane, in this case, is known as a hypotonic solution.  

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A hypertonic solution is any solution that has a higher osmotic pressure than another solution. If the solution outside the cell membrane has an osmolarity higher than that solution inside the cell, the net flow of wa...

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