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What is a cell wall?


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September 23, 2016 12:19PM

The cell wall:

  • Surrounds the cell and gives it support and protection
  • Is roughly rectangular in shape
  • Is only found in around plant cells also around bacteria, fungi and algae but not around animal cells
  • Is lined inside by a semipermeable cell membrane
  • Is rigid, but still flexible
  • The plant cell wall is mainly comprised of cellulose (a carbohydrate)