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5 July, 05:14

Explain what happens to animal cells if they are put in fresh water

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  1. 5 July, 07:14
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    They will actually explode or burst

    So What happens is the pure water outside has a high water potential while the cytoplasm inside the animal cell is a low water potential, water will diffuse down a water potential gradient through the semi-permeable membrane of the animal cell and cause the cell to swell (inflate like a fully-blown balloon), the result is that the delicate, elastic cell membrane can't tolerate the internal pressure coming from the cytoplasm so it tears causing the cell to burst.
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