osmosis[äs mō′sis, äz-]
- Osmosis is defined as the distribution of liquid with a low concentration flowing through a membrane into an area with a higher concentration resulting in the concentrations being equal on both sides.
An example of osmosis is when red blood cells, which have a high concentration of protein and salt, are placed in a lower concentration fluid like water, the water will rush into the red blood cells.
- Osmosis is gradual absorption.
An example of osmosis is slowly learning how to sew after sitting next to an experience seamstress.
- the tendency of a solvent to pass through a semipermeable membrane, as the wall of a living cell, into a solution of higher concentration, so as to equalize concentrations on both sides of the membrane
- the diffusion of fluids through a membrane or porous partition
- an apparently effortless absorption of ideas, feelings, attitudes, etc., as if by biological osmosis
Origin of osmosisModern Latin ultimately ; from Classical Greek ōsmos, impulse ; from ōthein, to push ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wedh-, to push, strike from source Sanskrit vádhar-, deadly weapon
- a. Diffusion of fluid through a semipermeable membrane from a solution with a low solute concentration to a solution with a higher solute concentration until there is an equal solute concentration on both sides of the membrane.b. The tendency of fluids to diffuse in such a manner.
- A gradual, often unconscious process of assimilation or absorption: learned French by osmosis while residing in Paris for 15 years.
Origin of osmosisFrom obsolete osmose, from earlier endosmose, from French : Greek endo-, endo- + Greek ōsmos, thrust, push (from ōthein, to push).
- The net movement of solvent molecules from a region of high solvent potential to a region of lower solvent potential through a partially permeable membrane
- (slang) Picking up knowledge accidentally, without actually seeking that particular knowledge.
- I was reading about chickens, and I guess I learned about hawks through osmosis.