1. The process of diffusing or the condition of being diffused: the diffusion of new technology around the world.
a. The scattering of incident light by reflection from a rough surface.
b. The transmission of light through a translucent material.
c. The spontaneous intermingling of the particles of two or more substances as a result of random thermal motion.
3. The spread of linguistic or cultural practices or innovations within a community or from one community to another.
(click for a larger image)diffusion
In the process of diffusion of a single solute, a concentration of molecules on one side of a membrane (top) will move through a membrane (center) until there is equilibrium on both sides (bottom).
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