What does a cell membrane let through?

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Cell Membrane is a semi permeable membrane so it only allows materials which are allowed to go inside by the lipid layer.


It allows smaller, non-polar and non-charged molecules through such as #O_2, CO_2# etc. The diffusion of water through the membrane is called osmosis.

However, it doesn't allow charged molecules (such as K+, Na+, H+) or larger molecules such as glucose (#C_6H_12O_6#) directly through the bilayer; instead these must go through protein channels.

Hope this helps!