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    Plasmolysis, diffusion, osmosis, imbibition

    My Reason: its the shrinkage of cell. The rest are process involved in the transport of water


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    isn't plasmolysis osmosis, but then selective?


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    Diffusion is passive
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    Quote Originally Posted by spuriousmonkey
    isn't plasmolysis osmosis, but then selective?
    I dont think so. Plasmolysis is the phenomenon of shrinkage of cell. Osmosis is the movement of water molecules through semi- permeable membrane.
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    plasmolysis is something that happens to plant cells. if the environment surrounding a plant cell is too hypertonic, then as we all know all the water will leave the cell via osmosis. This causes the cell to shrink and to break away from the cell wall. The overall effect on the plant will be wilting.

    Yes, it is the shrinkage of the cell, but it is caused by water movement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paralith
    plasmolysis is something that happens to plant cells. if the environment surrounding a plant cell is too hypertonic, then as we all know all the water will leave the cell via osmosis. This causes the cell to shrink and to break away from the cell wall. The overall effect on the plant will be wilting.

    Yes, it is the shrinkage of the cell, but it is caused by water movement.
    So can I mark plasmolysis as the odd one out?
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    Plasmolysis: the shrinkage of the cell due to osmosis

    Osmosis: the diffusion of water across a semipermeable membrane from a region of low solute concentration to a solution with a higher solute concentration (thanks Wikipedia)

    Diffusion: the spontaneous net movement of particles from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration (thanks again Wikipedia)

    Imbibition: the displacement of one fluid by another immiscible fluid; in other words, why wood and/or seeds swell when placed in water (thanks yet again wikipedia)

    Three of these involve processes related to diffusion. One of these does not. This is obviously a homework question of some kind. And as you can see, the answer was easily obtained by looking things up on wikipedia. In the future, a lot of homework questions can be answered on your own with online research.
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    Imbibition

    awful word though.

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