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osmosis

noun [U]    /ɑzˈmoʊ·sɪs, ɑs-/
biology the process in animals and plants by which a liquid passes gradually from one part to another through a membrane (= tissue that covers cells ) Osmosis is also the process by which ideas and information are absorbed without conscious effort : Children often learn by osmosis.
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