[ pen-i-truh-buh l ]
/ ˈpɛn ɪ trə bəl /


capable of being penetrated.

Nearby words

  1. pene-,
  2. penecontemporaneous,
  3. peneios,
  4. penelope,
  5. peneplain,
  6. penetralia,
  7. penetrance,
  8. penetrant,
  9. penetrant gene,
  10. penetrate

Origin of penetrable

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin penetrābilis, equivalent to penetrā(re) to penetrate + -bilis -ble

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for penetrable



early 15c., "penetrating," from Latin penetrabilis "penetrable, vulnerable," from penetrare (see penetrate). Meaning "capable of being penetrated" is attested from 1530s; figurative use by 1590s. Related: Penetrability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper