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[res-per-uh-buh l, ri-spahyuh r-uh-buh l]
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  1. capable of being respired.
  2. capable of respiring.
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Origin of respirable

From the Late Latin word respīrābilis, dating back to 1770–80. See respire, -able
Related formsres·pi·ra·bil·i·ty, res·pi·ra·ble·ness, nounnon·re·spir·a·ble, adjectiveun·res·pi·ra·ble, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • May not the non-respirable gases furnish a class of different stimuli?

    The Life of Sir Humphrey Davy, Bart. LL.D., Volume 1 (of 2)

    John Ayrton Paris

British Dictionary definitions for non-respirable


  1. able to be breathed
  2. suitable or fit for breathing
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Derived Formsrespirability, noun
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non-respirable in Medicine


(rĕspər-ə-bəl, rĭ-spīr-)
  1. Fit for breathing, as air.
  2. Capable of undergoing respiration, as certain organisms.
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