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Osmotic stress

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Osmotic shock or osmotic stress is a sudden change in the solute concentration around a cell, causing a rapid change in the movement of water across its cell membrane. Under conditions of high concentrations of either salts, substrates or any solute in the supernatant, water is drawn out of the cells through osmosis. (Wikipedia)

Preferred Units: N/A

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Broader TermsNarrower TermsRelated Terms
Osmotic pressure
Soil salinity

This term is used for the following terms: 
Osmotic shock
Salt stress
Sodium chloride stress

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