osmosis

noun os·mo·sis \ äz-ˈmō-səs , äs- \

Definition of osmosis

1 :movement of a solvent (such 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 (see diffusion 3a) suggestive of the flow of osmotic action; especially :a usually effortless often unconscious assimilation (see assimilation 4)
  • learned a number of languages by osmosis
  • —Roger Kimball

Examples of osmosis in a Sentence

  1. She seems to learn foreign languages by osmosis.

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Origin and Etymology of osmosis

New Latin, short for endosmosis

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OSMOSIS Defined for English Language Learners

osmosis

noun

Definition of osmosis for English Language Learners

  • 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


OSMOSIS Defined for Kids

osmosis

noun os·mo·sis \ äs-ˈmō-səs , äz- \

Definition of osmosis for Students

:a passing of material and especially water through a membrane (as of a living cell) that will not allow all kinds of molecules to pass

Medical Dictionary

osmosis

noun os·mo·sis \ äz-ˈmō-səs , äs- \

medical Definition of osmosis

plural osmoses play \-ˌsēz\
: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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