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filterable

[fil-ter-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable of being filtered.
  2. Microbiology. capable of passing through bacteria-retaining filters.
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Also filtrable.

Origin of filterable

First recorded in 1905–10; filter + -able
Related formsfil·ter·a·bil·i·ty, fil·ter·a·ble·ness, nounnon·fil·ter·a·ble, adjectiveun·fil·ter·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for filterable

Historical Examples

  • The disease so produced is not contagious, and the contagious element seems to be due to the filterable virus.

    Disease and Its Causes

    William Thomas Councilman

  • The term virus or filterable virus is likewise applied to these ultramicroscopic and filterable agents.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey


British Dictionary definitions for filterable

filterable

filtrable (ˈfɪltrəbəl)

adjective
  1. capable of being filtered
  2. (of most viruses and certain bacteria) capable of passing through the pores of a fine filter
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Derived Formsfilterability or filterableness, noun
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filterable in Medicine

filterable

(fĭltər-ə-bəl, fĭltrə-)
adj.
  1. Relating to smaller viruses and some bacteria capable of passing through a fine-pored filter.
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