from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The separation of smaller molecules from larger molecules or of dissolved substances from colloidal particles in a solution by selective diffusion through a semipermeable membrane.
- n. Hemodialysis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a method of separating molecules or particles of different sizes by differential diffusion through a semipermeable membrane
- n. haemodialysis
- n. The spelling out of alternatives, or presenting of either-or arguments that lead to a conclusion.
- n. Asyndeton.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Diæresis. See diæresis, 1.
- n. Same as Asyndeton.
- n. Debility.
- n. A solution of continuity; division; separation of parts.
- n. The separation of different substances in solution, as crystalloids and colloids, by means of their unequal diffusion, especially through natural or artificial membranes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In grammar:
- n. In rhetoric:
- n. In anatomy, separation of parts in general; dissolution of continuity of parts previously united.
- n. In medicine, loss of strength; weakness of the limbs.
- n. In chem., the act or process of separating the soluble crystalloid substances in a mixture from the colloid, depending on the principle that soluble crystalloid bodies will diffuse readily through a moist membrane, while colloids diffuse very slowly, if at all.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of dipterous insects.
- n. In botany, the separation of parts normally united, especially the parts of a whorl.
- n. In petrography, transformation of rocks by weathering and processes of disintegration: in contrast to processes of metamorphism.
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- n. separation of substances in solution by means of their unequal diffusion through semipermeable membranes
Greek dialusis, separating, dissolution, from dialūein, to break up, dissolve : dia-, apart; see dia- + lūein, to loosen; see leu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Dated in the late 16th Century CE; from Ancient Greek διά (diá, "inter” “through") and λύειν (lýein, "loosen"). (Wiktionary)