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osmoregulation

Syllabification: os·mo·reg·u·la·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌäzmōˌreɡyəˈlāSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of osmoregulation in English:

noun

Biology
The maintenance of constant osmotic pressure in the fluids of an organism by the control of water and salt concentrations.
Example sentences
  • To understand osmoregulation of organisms in the real world, then, we must remember that organisms are more than bags of interesting molecules or vehicles for sets of genes.
  • Individual cells can prevent water rushing into them by osmoregulation.
  • In spite of these facts, little is known about the ionic mechanisms of osmoregulation in higher plant cells, and the data are controversial at times.

Derivatives

osmoregulatory

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈreɡyələˌtôrē/
adjective
Example sentences
  • This hypothesis is the central issue discussed in the present review, along with the ontogeny of osmoregulatory mechanisms during the embryonic life.
  • The osmoregulatory actions of growth hormone and prolactin are antagonistic.
  • Green glands in the second antennae serve an osmoregulatory and excretory function.

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