from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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 concentration of fluid on both sides of the membrane.
- n. The tendency of fluids to diffuse in such a manner.
- n. A gradual, often unconscious process of assimilation or absorption: learned French by osmosis while residing in Paris for 15 years.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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
- n. Picking up knowledge accidentally, without actually seeking that particular knowledge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The tendency in fluids to mix, or become equably diffused, when in contact. It was first observed between fluids of differing densities, and as taking place through a membrane or an intervening porous structure. An older term for the phenomenon was Osmose.
- n. The action produced by this tendency.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The diffusion of fluids through membranes. See osmose.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (biology, chemistry) diffusion of molecules through a semipermeable membrane from a place of higher concentration to a place of lower concentration until the concentration on both sides is equal
From obsolete osmose, from earlier endosmose, from French : Greek endo-, endo- + Greek ōsmos, thrust, push (from ōthein, to push).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)