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Topic: HARD SCIENCE

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: osmose 'osmosis' (1800-1900), from Greek osmos 'push'

osmosis

noun
     
os‧mo‧sis [uncountable]
1 if you learn facts or understand ideas by osmosis, you gradually learn them by hearing them often
by osmosis
Children learn new languages by osmosis.
He seems to absorb information through a process of osmosis.
2 technicalHC the gradual process of liquid passing through a membrane
osmotic adjective
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