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If a cell is placed in a hypertonic solution then $$\Psi_{w}$$ of the cell will be


A
Increased
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B
Decreased
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C
Unchanged
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D
First increases then decreases
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Solution

The correct option is C Decreased
Water potential depends on the number of water molecules in the solution. If a cell is placed in hypertonic solution, water will flow out of the cell through the process of exosmosis. Hence, the number of water molecules will reduce. Consequently, there will be a decrease in water potential.

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