[ oz-mohs, os- ]
/ ˈɒz moʊs, ˈɒs- /

verb (used without object), os·mosed, os·mos·ing.

to undergo osmosis.

verb (used with object), os·mosed, os·mos·ing.

to subject to osmosis.


Nearby words

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

Origin of osmose

First recorded in 1850–55; back formation from osmosis

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Examples from the Web for osmose

  • Osmose, the movement of fluids through membranes or thin partitions.

    The First Book of Farming|Charles L. Goodrich
  • The following interesting experiment will give you an idea of this process or force of osmose.

    The First Book of Farming|Charles L. Goodrich

British Dictionary definitions for osmose


/ (ˈɒzməʊs, -məʊz, ˈɒs-) /


to undergo or cause to undergo osmosis


a former name for osmosis

Word Origin for osmose

C19 (n): abstracted from the earlier terms endosmose and exosmose; related to Greek ōsmos push

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Medicine definitions for osmose


[ ŏzmōs′, ŏs- ]


To diffuse or cause to diffuse by osmosis.

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