permeable

[ pur-mee-uh-buh l ]
/ ˈpɜr mi ə bəl /

adjective

capable of being permeated.

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Origin of permeable

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin permeābilis, equivalent to permeā(re) to permeate + -bilis -ble

OTHER WORDS FROM permeable

per·me·a·ble·ness, nounper·me·a·bly, adverbnon·per·me·a·ble, adjectiveun·per·me·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nonpermeable

permeable
/ (ˈpɜːmɪəbəl) /

adjective

capable of being permeated, esp by liquids

Derived forms of permeable

permeableness, nounpermeably, adverb

Word Origin for permeable

C15: from Late Latin permeābilis, from Latin permeāre to pervade; see permeate
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Medical definitions for nonpermeable

permeable
[ pûrmē-ə-bəl ]

adj.

That can be permeated or penetrated, especially by liquids or gases.
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Scientific definitions for nonpermeable

permeable
[ pûrmē-ə-bəl ]

Capable of being passed through or permeated, especially by liquids or gases.
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