Significance of Water

Water possesses many unique qualities that are essential to maintaining viable living conditions

  • Approximately 70% of the cell’s internal environment (i.e. cytoplasm) is water-based
  • It is the only substance occurring naturally in all three states (solid, liquid, gas) on the Earth’s surface
  • It is required for the anabolic construction of organic molecules (via condensation reactions)
  • Water is an important medium for metabolic reactions as it is essential to acid-base neutrality and enzyme function

Biological Significance of Water Properties

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