1 the passage of a solvent through a semipermeable membrane from a less concentrated to a more concentrated solution until both solutions are of the same concentration
2 diffusion through any membrane or porous barrier, as in dialysis
3 gradual or unconscious assimilation or adoption, as of ideas (C19: Latinized form from osmose (n), from Greek osmos push, thrust)
n movement of liquid through a capillary tube or membrane under the influence of an electric field: used in controlling rising damp, (Also called)
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