Microbiology. capable of passing through bacteria-retaining filters.
Origin of filterable
Related formsfil·ter·a·bil·i·ty, fil·ter·a·ble·ness, nounnon·fil·ter·a·ble, adjectiveun·fil·ter·a·ble, adjective
First recorded in 1905–10; filter
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Historical Examples of filterable
The disease so produced is not contagious, and the contagious element seems to be due to the filterable virus.
The term virus or filterable virus is likewise applied to these ultramicroscopic and filterable agents.
British Dictionary definitions for filterable
Derived Formsfilterability or filterableness, noun
capable of being filtered
(of most viruses and certain bacteria) capable of passing through the pores of a fine filter
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Relating to smaller viruses and some bacteria capable of passing through a fine-pored filter.
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