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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)  
   osmotic             adj  
  osmotically      adv  

      n   movement of liquid through a capillary tube or membrane under the influence of an electric field: used in controlling rising damp,   (Also called)    electroendosmosis  
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