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To draw, or be drawn, into wrinkles; to shrink, and form corrugations; as, a leaf shriveles in the hot sun; the skin shrivels with age; often with up.

Origin: Shriveled or Shrivelled; Shriveling or Shrivelling] [Probably akin to shrimp, shrink; cf. Dial. AS. Screpa to pine away, Norw. Skrypa to waste, skryp, skryv, transitory, frail, Sw. Skropling feeble, Dan. Skrobelig, Icel. Skrjpr brittle, frail.

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Re: hypo and hyper osmotically??

... the cell has less solutes than its surroundings, so water inside the cell will flow out of the cell and into the environment. Animals cells shrivel and plants go flaccid. If you wanted to regulate this process, you'd place the cell in an environment which would give the results you want ...

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by Chumbawamba
Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:14 am
Forum: Ecology
Topic: hypo and hyper osmotically??
Replies: 3
Views: 12483

Re: help

... is when viewed under the microscope all I could see were tiny bubles and a few larger ones which I thought were the cells, and a few again looke shrivel, however the lab assistamt said thoses were actually air bublles..and that they were too big to be cells, so my question is that the tiny bubbles ...

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by shauna
Sat Nov 08, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: help
Replies: 3
Views: 1426

Re: Urea and membrane permeability of RBC

... A 0.28M solution of urea must be just hypotonic enough for water to flow into and lyse the RBCs. 1M urea should be hypertonic. The RBCs should shrivel up as water is driven out of the cells and they may not lyse at all. The issue here is whether the concentration of urea is less (=hypotonic) ...

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by blcr11
Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:07 pm
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Urea and membrane permeability of RBC
Replies: 2
Views: 44880


... will be out of proportion, therein the water from the body cells will diffuse via osmosis back into the blood, and as a result the body cells will shrivel and potentially die because of lack of nourishment. However, even though it doesn't matter in regards to your question, this scenario cannot ...

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by Oscerot
Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:27 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: osmosis
Replies: 13
Views: 7561

Animal Cells in Isotonic Solutions?

... isotonic solutions on a microscope slide, the cells appear to be biconcave discs. These cells swell and burst when placed in distilled water; they shrivel in salty water. Obviously hypotonic and hypertonic solutions have an effect on animal cells. Just as animal cells have plasma membranes that ...

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by theman
Thu Nov 23, 2006 3:10 pm
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Animal Cells in Isotonic Solutions?
Replies: 10
Views: 15266
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