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osmosis
noun
1 chem the spontaneous movement of a solvent, eg water, across a semipermeable membrane from a more dilute solution to a more concentrated one.
2 a gradual, usually unconscious, process of assimilation or absorption of ideas or knowledge, etc.
[19c: a Latinized form of osmose; see also -osis]
osmotic adjective .
osmotically adverb .


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