osmoregulation

[ oz-moh-reg-yuh-ley-shuh n, os- ]
/ ˌɒz moʊˌrɛg yəˈleɪ ʃən, ˌɒs- /

noun

the process by which cells and simple organisms maintain fluid and electrolyte balance with their surroundings.

Nearby words

  1. osmole,
  2. osmometer,
  3. osmometric,
  4. osmometry,
  5. osmond,
  6. osmose,
  7. osmosis,
  8. osmotic,
  9. osmotic pressure,
  10. osmotic shock

Origin of osmoregulation

First recorded in 1930–35; osmo- + regulation

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British Dictionary definitions for osmoregulation

osmoregulation

/ (ˌɒzməʊˌrɛɡjʊˈleɪʃən) /

noun

zoology the adjustment of the osmotic pressure of a cell or organism in relation to the surrounding fluid
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Medicine definitions for osmoregulation

osmoregulation

[ ŏz′mə-rĕg′yə-lāshən, ŏs′- ]

n.

The maintenance of an optimal constant osmotic pressure in the body of a living organism.
Related formsos′mo•regu•la•to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.


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