Osmosis Animation: Cell in Hypotonic Environment

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Osmosis is the diffusion of water across a membrane from an area of higher water concentration (lower solute concentration) to lower water concentration (higher solute concentration).

In an environment that is hypotonic, the water concentration is greater outside the cell and the solute concentration is higher inside- the interior of the cell is hypertonic to the hypotonic surroundings. The net flow of water is into the cell.

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