What is the effect of suspending the cells in hypotonic, hypertonic and isotonic environment?

1 Answer

The different environments will lead to osmosis taking place.


Osmosis is the diffusion of water through the cell membrane from an area of high water concentration to an area of lower water concentration.

Cells in hypertonic solutions will lose water.
Cells in hypotonic solutions will gain water.
Cells in isotonic solutions will neither gain nor lose water.

The video below discusses the effects on red onion cells when they are placed into different environments.

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