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osmosis

Definition/Scope: (1a) Diffusion of fluid through a semipermeable membrane, as the wall of a living cell. (1b) The tendency of a solution to diffuse in such a manner until equally concentrated on both sides of the membrane. (2) A gradual, often unconscious process of absorption resembling fluid osmosis.



Broader Terms:

diffusion

Narrower Terms:

electroosmosis
reverse osmosis

Related Terms:

fluids
gases


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