Describes a cell
or other membrane
-bound object which has a lower concentration
s than its surroundings. For example, a cell in a high-salt
-concentration medium is hypoosmotic. Water
is more likely to move out of the cell by osmosis
as a result. This is the opposite of hyperosmotic
From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.