The Cell: A Molecular Approach 7th Edition

Published by Sinauer Associates
ISBN 10: 160535290X
ISBN 13: 978-1-60535-290-9

Chapter 2 - Molecules and Membranes - Question - Page 78: 1


Water is regarded as a universal solvent because of its many properties as a polar molecule. It has the ability to dissolve diverse groups of compounds.

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It is known as universal because all ionic compounds and polar covalent compounds can dissolve in water. In addition, many biological reactions occur in aqueous cellular environments, giving water a significant biological presence. Water also has maximum density at 4 degrees Celsius which is essential for survival of aquatic life.
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