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When a stimulus is applied at a site on the polarised membrane - (choose the incorrect statement) :


( A ) the outer surface of the membrane becomes negatively charged and the inner side becomes positively charged
( B ) the membrane at the site A becomes freely permeable to Na+
( C ) The polarity of the membrane at the site A is thus reversed and hence depolarised
( D ) rapid efflux of Na+ followed by the reversal of the polarity at that site
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(D) is the right answer.

When a stimulus is applied at a site on the polarised membrane, the membrane at the site A becomes freely permeable to Na+. This leads to a rapid influx of Na+ followed by the reversal of the polarity at that site, i.e., the outer surface of the membrane becomes negatively charged and the inner side becomes positively charged. The polarity of the membrane at the site A is thus reversed and hence depolarised. The electrical potential difference across the plasma membrane at the site A is called the action potential, which is in fact termed as a nerve impulse
answered Apr 3, 2014 by pady_1
 
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