os·​mot·​ic | \ äz-ˈmä-tik How to pronounce osmotic (audio) , äs- \

Definition of osmotic

: of, relating to, caused by, or having the properties of osmosis

Other Words from osmotic

osmotically \ äz-​ˈmä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce osmotic (audio) , äs-​ \ adverb

Examples of osmotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These must be rinsed, but urchins have no osmotic control to restrict water from entering cell membranes, so even a few splashes of tap water will blow apart the delicate uni into wispy confetti. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2022 In addition to osmotic laxatives, stimulant laxatives are another over-the-counter product that react much more strongly in the gut, causing intestinal muscles to forcibly contract. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 13 Sep. 2020 Sugar alcohols, particularly when consumed excessively, can cause an unpleasantness known as osmotic diarrhea. Jenny Mcco, SELF, 12 Dec. 2019 What’s more, osmotic laxatives can cause your blood pressure to drop and even cause permanent kidney damage, Dr. Leavey adds. Korin Miller, SELF, 2 Jan. 2019 Comes with a $13,000 per month maintenance fee, which pays for itself in osmotic chicness. Rachel Mosely, Town & Country, 16 July 2014 The most common dilators are osmotic ones Chavi Eve Karkowsky, Slate Magazine, 30 Oct. 2017 There is some kind of osmotic subconscious process in which all of us decide this or that law is a Good Thing. Paul Sassone, chicagotribune.com, 24 Aug. 2017 Vitamin C may also help with one of the side effects of diabetes, osmotic diuresis, which is the leakage of urine into the bodily system. National Geographic, 15 Jan. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of osmotic

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for osmotic

osmose or osm(osis) + -otic entry 1

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“Osmotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osmotic. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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os·​mot·​ic | \ -ˈmät-ik How to pronounce osmotic (audio) \

Medical Definition of osmotic

: of, relating to, or having the properties of osmosis

Other Words from osmotic

osmotically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce osmotic (audio) \ adverb

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