[ fil-ter-uh-buh l ]
/ ˈfɪl tər ə bəl /


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

Origin of filterable

First recorded in 1905–10; filter + -able


fil·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. 2020

Example sentences 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)

/ (ˈfɪltərəbəl) /


capable of being filtered
(of most viruses and certain bacteria) capable of passing through the pores of a fine filter

Derived forms of filterable

filterability or filterableness, noun
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Medical 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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