osmotic osmotic  /ɑz ˈmɑ tək/


  • (adj) of or relating to osmosis


  1. In a vain attempt to re-establish osmotic equilibrium in the cell, water from the intercellular spaces flows into the cell through the membrane, causing the cell to swell up and die.
  2. In its osmotic effect, this viciousness of attitude poisons whatever theme the playwright may have thought he had.
  3. This is osmotic rather than overt, something in the mood and tempo of his work, and not in the presence of any black characters in his plays.



  • Interviewed at The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Fry says the realisation that he had become a celebrity "was a slow osmotic leeching into the British consciousness".
    on Oct 13, 2009 By: Stephen Fry Source: Times Online

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