[ res-per-uh-buh l, ri-spahyuh r-uh-buh l ]
/ ˈrɛs pər ə bəl, rɪˈspaɪər ə bəl /


capable of being respired.
capable of respiring.

Origin of respirable

From the Late Latin word respīrābilis, dating back to 1770–80. See respire, -able

Related forms

res·pi·ra·bil·i·ty, res·pi·ra·ble·ness, nounnon·re·spir·a·ble, adjectiveun·res·pi·ra·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for non-respirable


/ (ˈrɛspɪrəbəl) /


able to be breathed
suitable or fit for breathing

Derived Forms

respirability, noun
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Medicine definitions for non-respirable


[ rĕspər-ə-bəl, rĭ-spīr- ]


Fit for breathing, as air.
Capable of undergoing respiration, as certain organisms.
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