[ ek-sos-moh-sis, ek-soz- ]
/ ˌɛk sɒsˈmoʊ sɪs, ˌɛk sɒz- /
Biology. osmosis toward the outside of a cell or vessel.
Physical Chemistry. the flow of a substance from an area of greater concentration to one of lower concentration (opposed to endosmosis).
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OTHER WORDS FROM exosmosisex·os·mot·ic [ek-sos-mot-ik, -soz-], /ˌɛk sɒsˈmɒt ɪk, -sɒz-/, adjectiveex·os·mot·i·cal·ly, adverb
Words nearby exosmosis
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British Dictionary definitions for exosmosis
/ (ˌɛksɒzˈməʊsɪs, -sɒs-) /
biology osmosis in which water flows from a cell or organism into the surrounding solutionCompare endosmosis
Derived forms of exosmosisexosmotic (ˌɛksɒzˈmɒtɪk, -sɒs-) or exosmic (ɛkˈsɒzmɪk, -ˈsɒs-), adjective
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Medical definitions for exosmosis
[ ĕk′sŏz-mō′sĭs, -sŏs- ]
The passage of a fluid through a semipermeable membrane toward a solution of lower concentration, especially the passage of water through a cell membrane into the surrounding medium.
Other words from exosmosisex′os•mot′ic (-mŏt′ĭk) adj.
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