According to the fluid mosaic model, cells that are bound by a phospholipid bilayer membrane are divided from the environment by a rather thin boundary. Some compare the membrane to a soap bubble.

If so, why don't cells implode or explode (and "die") all the time under conventional physical forces from the macroscopic environment?

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