Variant of osmosis
- 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: ModL, ultimately from Glassical Greek ōsmos, impulse from ōthein, to push from Indo-European base an unverified form wedh-, to push, strike from source Sanskrit vádhar-, deadly weapon
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