semipermeable membrane

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semipermeable membrane

A substance which allows solvent molecules to pass through but not solute molecules.
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Noun1.semipermeable membrane - a membrane (as a cell membrane) that allows some molecules to pass through but not others
cell membrane, cytomembrane, plasma membrane - a thin membrane (a double layer of lipids) enclosing the cytoplasm of a cell; proteins in the membrane control passage of ions (like sodium or potassium or calcium) in and out of the cell; "all cells have a cell membrane"
tissue layer, membrane - a pliable sheet of tissue that covers or lines or connects the organs or cells of animals or plants
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It then proceeds with mostly promising results regarding nanomaterials for point-of-use water filtration, nano-enhanced membranes for selective permeability and energy generation, wastewater treatment using nanofiltration, remediation of groundwater and soil contamination using MnO2 and zerovalent iron nanoparticles, novel disinfection techniques including a paper on fullerene-catalyzed oxidation, and solid waste treatment.
The BBB is a crucial selective permeability barrier that separates circulating blood from the brain extracellular fluid in the central nervous, to block harmful substances from entering the brain.
Intestinal epithelium not only allows selective permeability as a filter for absorption of nutrients, but also is regarded as the first line of defense to foreign antigens, such as pathogens and toxins coming from intestinal lumen (Groschwitz and Hogan, 2009; Suzuki, 2013).

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