[fil-ter-uh-buh l]


capable of being filtered.
Microbiology. capable of passing through bacteria-retaining filters.

Nearby words

  1. filter out,
  2. filter paper,
  3. filter press,
  4. filter pump,
  5. filter tip,
  6. filterable virus,
  7. filtering operation,
  8. filth,
  9. filthy,
  10. filthy lucre

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for filterable

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

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology|Charles Bradfield Morrey
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for filterable


filtrable (ˈfɪltrəbəl)


capable of being filtered
(of most viruses and certain bacteria) capable of passing through the pores of a fine filter
Derived Formsfilterability or filterableness, noun

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Medicine definitions for filterable


[fĭltər-ə-bəl, fĭltrə-]


Relating to smaller viruses and some bacteria capable of passing through a fine-pored filter.

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