What is the difference between hypertonic and hypotonic??

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Hi i really need help on remembering the difference, anyone got a way to remember them??

Posted Sat 30th June, 2012 @ 16:54 by Miss-know-it-all <3

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I remember by extending "hypotonic" to "hy-potential". And so the solution has a high water potential compared to the cell, and so water moves into the cell, (which has a lower water potential). Making the animal cell burst or the plant cell turgid. And then obviously hypertonic is the opposite.

Get it?

Answered Sat 30th June, 2012 @ 19:12 by Harine