noun Physical Chemistry.
the force that a dissolved substance exerts on a semipermeable membrane, through which it cannot penetrate, when separated by it from pure solvent.
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Origin of osmotic pressure
First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for osmotic pressure
the pressure necessary to prevent osmosis into a given solution when the solution is separated from the pure solvent by a semipermeable membrane
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Medicine definitions for osmotic pressure
The pressure exerted by the flow of water through a semipermeable membrane separating two solutions with different concentrations of solute.
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