Physical Chemistry, Cell Biology.
the tendency of a fluid, usually water, to pass through a semipermeable membrane into a solution where the solvent concentration is higher, thus equalizing the concentrations of materials on either side of the membrane.
a subtle or gradual absorption or mingling: He never studies but seems to learn by osmosis.
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- os·mot·ic [oz-mot-ik, os-], /ɒzˈmɒt ɪk, ɒs-/, adjective
- os·mot·i·cal·ly, adverb
- non·os·mot·ic, adjective
- non·os·mot·i·cal·ly, adverb
- un·os·mot·ic, adjective
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How to use osmosis in a sentence
The relationships he builds with his teammates, the respect he garners, the joy he has in playing, it’s like osmosis.This Was No Team USA Men's Basketball Dream Team. But In Tokyo, It Demands Our Respect | Sean Gregory/Tokyo | August 7, 2021 | Time
This plant harnessed osmosis to generate a humble 2 to 4 kilowatts, enough to power a couple of kitchen appliances.
Osmotic power takes advantage of osmosis, the movement of water through a semipermeable membrane.
Rittri now heads up Bluewater, a water purification products company that uses patented osmosis technology to enable local purification of water with the goal of eliminating the need for plastic and long-distance transport.Best air purifier: Fight allergens, smoke, and germs for cleaner indoor air | PopSci Commerce Team | December 17, 2020 | Popular-Science
According to Hestekin, the nephron could be combined with ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, or reverse osmosis systems and integrated into an artificial kidney.Artificial Kidneys Are a Step Closer With This New Tech | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | June 3, 2020 | Singularity Hub
A reverse osmosis plant on an adjacent plot of land desalinates and purifies up to 1.25 million gallons of water daily.Sun+Water= High Tech Caribbean Luxury At The Cusinart Resort | The Daily Beast | June 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And through basic cultural osmosis you learned its broad outlines: woman, travel, freeing of spirit, yoga.
Any winery that possesses a reverse-osmosis machine—usually used to remove alcohol from wine—can create their own concentrates.
In simple animals, as the sponge and hydra, no such organs are needed, the fluid food passing from cell to cell by osmosis.
No breathing organs are seen, because osmosis of oxygen and carbon dioxide may take place anywhere through the cell membrane.
The cell absorbs oxygen from the water by osmosis through its delicate membrane, giving up carbon dioxide in return.
Nourishment passes through them by a simple process of osmosis.Embryology | Gerald R. Leighton
Non-osmosis of non-digested foods, comparison between osmosable qualities of starch and grape sugar.
British Dictionary definitions for osmosis
the passage of a solvent through a semipermeable membrane from a less concentrated to a more concentrated solution until both solutions are of the same concentration
diffusion through any membrane or porous barrier, as in dialysis
gradual or unconscious assimilation or adoption, as of ideas
- osmotic (ɒzˈmɒtɪk, ɒs-), adjective
- osmotically, adverb
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Scientific definitions for osmosis
The movement of a solvent through a membrane separating two solutions of different concentrations. The solvent from the side of weaker concentration usually moves to the side of the stronger concentration, diluting it, until the concentrations of the solutions are equal on both sides of the membrane.♦ The pressure exerted by the molecules of the solvent on the membrane they pass through is called osmotic pressure. Osmotic pressure is the energy driving osmosis and is important for living organisms because it allows water and nutrients dissolved in water to pass through cell membranes.
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Cultural definitions for osmosis
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