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osmosis

noun os·mo·sis \äz-ˈmō-səs, äs-\

biology : the process that causes a liquid (especially water) to pass through the wall of a living cell

: an ability to learn and understand things gradually without much effort

Full Definition of OSMOSIS

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:  movement of a solvent (as water) through a semipermeable membrane (as of a living cell) into a solution of higher solute concentration that tends to equalize the concentrations of solute on the two sides of the membrane
2
:  a process of absorption or diffusion suggestive of the flow of osmotic action; especially :  a usually effortless often unconscious assimilation <learned a number of languages by osmosis — Roger Kimball>

Examples of OSMOSIS

  1. She seems to learn foreign languages by osmosis.

Origin of OSMOSIS

New Latin, short for endosmosis
First Known Use: 1867

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

osmosis

noun os·mo·sis \äz-ˈmō-səs, äs-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural os·mo·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of OSMOSIS

:  movement of a solvent through a semipermeable membrane (as of a living cell) into a solution of higher solute concentration that tends to equalize the concentrations of solute on the two sides of the membrane

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