- the process in which pure water is produced by forcing waste or saline water through a semipermeable membrane.
Origin of reverse osmosis
First recorded in 1950–55
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Any winery that possesses a reverse-osmosis machine—usually used to remove alcohol from wine—can create their own concentrates.The Great Wine Cover-up
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- a technique for purifying water, in which pressure is applied to force liquid through a semipermeable membrane in the opposite direction to that in normal osmosis
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- The movement of a solvent in the opposite direction from osmosis in such a manner that the solvent moves from a solution of greater concentration through a membrane to a solution of lesser concentration.
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- A method of producing pure water by forcing saline or impure water through a semipermeable membrane across which salts or impurities cannot pass. Reverse osmosis is used for water filtration, for desalinization of seawater, and in kidney dialysis machines.
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