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Membrane Structure and Function - 9 Human Red Blood Cells Typical Plant Cell Hypotonic Isotonic Hypertonic Although we do not need to remember the specific terms which describe the ratio of solutes to water inside and outside of cells, we do need to understand the impact of these different conditions on how cells function. Cells can not afford to
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Unformatted text preview: either lose water, or gain excess water. They must maintain an equal proportion of solutes both inside and outside of the cells, a condition called osmotic balance, to function. The process by which organisms regulate their osmotic balance is called osmoregulation. Here are some examples:...
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This note was uploaded on 12/29/2011 for the course BIO 151 taught by Professor Edwards during the Spring '10 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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