porous

[ pawr-uhs, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr əs, ˈpoʊr- /

adjective

full of pores.
permeable by water, air, etc.

Origin of porous

1350–1400; Middle English, variant of porose < Medieval Latin porōsus. See pore2, -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for nonporous (1 of 2)

nonporous

/ (nɒnˈpɔːrəs) /

adjective

not permeable to water, air, or other fluids

British Dictionary definitions for nonporous (2 of 2)

porous

/ (ˈpɔːrəs) /

adjective

permeable to water, air, or other fluids
biology geology having pores; poriferous
easy to cross or penetratethe porous border into Thailand; the most porous defence in the league

Derived Formsporously, adverbporousness, noun

Word Origin for porous

C14: from Medieval Latin porōsus, from Late Latin porus pore ²
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Medicine definitions for nonporous

porous

[ pôrəs ]

adj.

Full of or having pores.
Admitting the passage of gas or liquid through pores.

Related formsporous•ness n.
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Science definitions for nonporous

porous

[ pôrəs ]

Having many pores or other small spaces that can hold a gas or liquid or allow it to pass through.

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