This fat absorption thus appears to be a vital process, and not one simply controlled by physical forces like osmosis.
Without the process of osmosis we should be unable to use much of the food we eat.
"I believe that story of the duck that understood the theory of osmosis," said Mr. Burroughs.
It then passes into the cells by osmosis, and there becomes part of the cell sap.
Nourishment passes through them by a simple process of osmosis.
The first experiment in physiogeny was the discovery of osmosis by the Abb Nollet in 1748.
The inner wall of the intestine is not a lifeless membrane, and osmosis will not solve the mystery.
The peptones and sugar pass by osmosis into the blood-vessels of the portal system and thence to the liver.
The transmission of soil water through the delicate cell walls of these root-hairs is known as osmosis.
osmosis takes place when two fluids of different osmotic pressure are separated by animal membrane.
1867, Latinized from osmose (1854), shortened from endosmosis (1830s), from endosmose "inward passage of a fluid through a porous septum" (1829), from French endo- "inward" + Greek osmos "a thrusting, a pushing," from stem of othein "to push, to thrust," from PIE *wedhe- "to push, strike" (cf. Sanskrit vadhati "pushes, strikes, destroys," Avestan vadaya- "to repulse"). Figurative sense is from 1900. Related: Osmotic (1854, from earlier endosmotic).
osmosis os·mo·sis (ŏz-mō'sĭs, ŏs-)
n. pl. os·mo·ses (-sēz)
Diffusion of fluid through a semipermeable membrane until there is an equal concentration of fluid on both sides of the membrane.
The tendency of fluids to diffuse in such a manner.
The movement of a solvent through a membrane separating two solutions of different concentrations. The solvent from the side of weaker concentration usually moves to the side of the stronger concentration, diluting it, until the concentrations of the solutions are equal on both sides of the membrane. ◇ The pressure exerted by the molecules of the solvent on the membrane they pass through is called osmotic pressure. Osmotic pressure is the energy driving osmosis and is important for living organisms because it allows water and nutrients dissolved in water to pass through cell membranes.
Note: Informally, “osmosis” is the process by which information or concepts come to a person without conscious effort: “Living in Paris, he learned French slang by osmosis.”