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 (ŏz-mō′sĭs, ŏs-)
n. pl. os·mo·ses (-sēz)
a. Diffusion of fluid through a semipermeable membrane from a solution with a low solute concentration to a solution with a higher solute concentration until there is an equal solute concentration on both sides of the membrane.
b. The tendency of fluids to diffuse in such a manner.
2. A gradual, often unconscious process of assimilation or absorption: learned French by osmosis while residing in Paris for 15 years.

[From obsolete osmose, from earlier endosmose, from French : Greek endo-, endo- + Greek ōsmos, thrust, push (from ōthein, to push).]

os·mot′ic (-mŏt′ĭk) adj.
os·mot′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.osmotic - of or relating to osmosis; "osmotic pressure"
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[ɒzˈmɒtɪk] ADJosmótico
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[ɒzˈmɒtɪk] adjosmotico/a
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a. osmótico-a, rel. a la osmosis.
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The treatments consisted of osmotic dehydration with sucrose solution at concentrations of 60% and 80% for two hours, followed by addition of one of the preserving ingredients: citric acid, ascorbic acid or pectin.
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applied the combination of high confining pressure and low osmotic pressure on the specimens and studied the physical and mechanical properties of the fractured limestone during the hydraulic coupling process [9].
Until now, no published studies have considered the influence of osmotic pressure on the migration properties of nanoparticles in a porous medium.
To improve the quality of vacuum-fried products, several pretreatments methods, such as blanching, predrying, osmotic pretreatment, coating, and freezing methods, have been applied to the frying of foods [8-12].
Therefore, the development of alternative, simple, and inexpensive methods to extend the conservation and marketing of these fruits is important, and osmotic dehydration is one of these methods.