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Percentage of Water in Jelly-Fish


A LIVING specimen of Aurelia aurita about 4 in. in diameter was weighed by the displacement method1 and the percentage of water found by distilling it under xylol2. The result was: water, 95.56 per cent ; residue, 3.87 per cent ; giving a difference of 0.57 per cent.

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LOWNDES, A. Percentage of Water in Jelly-Fish. Nature 150, 234–235 (1942).

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