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osmosisnoun [U]

 us   /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.
(Definition of osmosis from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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osmosisnoun [U]

uk   /ɒzˈməʊ.sɪs/  us   /ɑːzˈmoʊ.sɪs/
  • osmosis noun [U] (LIQUID)

specialized biology the process in plants and animals by which a liquid moves gradually from one part of the body or the plant to another through a membrane (= cell covering): Fluid flows back into the tiny blood vessels by osmosis.
  • osmosis noun [U] (IDEAS)

the way in which ideas and information gradually spread between people: The children were never taught the songs, they just listened to other children singing them and learned them by osmosis. Reading is not picked up by a process of osmosis, but needs to be taught.
osmotic
adjective [before noun] uk   /ɒzˈmɒt.ɪk/  us   /ɑːzˈmɑː.t̬ɪk/
an osmotic process
(Definition of osmosis from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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