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Living in fresh water, a hypotonic environment, causes water to enter the cell of certain protists (protozoa ) and would lysis the cell unless there were a way to expel this water. This is what contractile vacuoles do. When the fill with enough water microfilament contraction expels the excess water from the vacuole and helps the cell maintain internal isotonicity.

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Q: What is the function of the contractile vacuole in a protozoan?
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