[ 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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Origin of exosmosis

1830–40; Latinization of now obsolete exosmose < French; see ex-2, osmosis


ex·os·mot·ic [ek-sos-mot-ik, -soz-] /ˌɛk sɒsˈmɒt ɪk, -sɒz-/, adjectiveex·os·mot·i·cal·ly, adverb
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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 exosmosis

exosmotic (ˌɛksɒzˈmɒtɪk, -sɒs-) or exosmic (ɛkˈsɒzmɪk, -ˈsɒs-), adjective
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Medical definitions for exosmosis

[ ĕk′sŏz-mōsĭs, -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 exosmosis

ex′os•motic (-mŏtĭk) adj.
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