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Which one of the following will happen if the medium surrounding the cell has a higher concentration than the cell?

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Q. Which one of the following will happen if the medium surrounding the cell has a higher concentration than the cell?
  1. The cell will gain water
  2. The cell will die
  3. There will be no change
  4. The cell will lose water
Answer: The cell will gain water

If the medium surrounding the cell has a higher water concentration than the cell, the cell will gain water by osmosis. Such a solution is known as a hypotonic solution. If the medium has exactly the same water concentration as the cell, there will be no net movement of water across the cell membrane.

Osmosis is the process of movement of water from its high concentration region to its low concentration region through the semi-permeable membrane.

If the medium surrounding the cell has a higher water concentration than the cell, i.e., if the solution is a very dilute solution, then the cell will gain water by osmosis. Such a dilute solution is called a Hypotonic solution.
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