reverse osmosis

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reverse osmosis

[ri′vərs äs′mō·səs]
(chemical engineering)
A technique used in desalination and waste-water treatment; pressure is applied to the surface of a saline (or waste) solution, forcing pure water to pass from the solution through a membrane (hollow fibers of cellulose acetate or nylon) that will not pass sodium or chloride ions.
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