what is hypertonic and hypotonic solutions

Asked by neelsid | 28th Jun, 2008, 02:38: PM

Expert Answer:

When the solution outside a cell has higher electrolyte or solute concentration than that of the cell, the solution is said to be hypertonic solution.

When the solution surrounding the cell has lower concentration of disolved substances than that inside the cell, the solution is said to be hypotonic. Water is hypotonic to cell, whereas a concentrated sugar or salt solution is hypertonic to cell.

Answered by  | 28th Jun, 2008, 04:38: PM

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