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osmosisnoun [U]

 us   /ɑzˈmoʊ·sɪs, ɑs-/
biology the ​process in ​animals and ​plants by which a ​liquidpassesgradually from one ​part to another through a ​membrane (= ​tissue that ​coverscells) Osmosis is also the ​process by which ​ideas and ​information are ​absorbed without ​consciouseffort: 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-/
  • osmosis noun [U] (LIQUID)

specialized biology the ​process in ​plants and ​animals by which a ​liquidmovesgradually from one ​part of the ​body or the ​plant to another through a ​membrane (= ​cellcovering): Fluid ​flows back into the ​tinybloodvessels by osmosis.
  • osmosis noun [U] (IDEAS)

the way in which ​ideas and ​informationgraduallyspread between ​people: The ​children were never ​taught the ​songs, they just ​listened to other ​childrensinging 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   /-ˈmɒt.ɪk/  us   /-ˈmɑː.t̬ɪk/
an osmotic ​process
(Definition of osmosis from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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