[ sem-ee-pur-mee-uh-buh l, sem-ahy- ]
/ ˌsɛm iˈpɜr mi ə bəl, ˌsɛm aɪ- /
permeable only to certain small molecules: a semipermeable membrane.
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OTHER WORDS FROM semipermeablesem·i·per·me·a·bil·i·ty, noun
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The term "osmotic membrane" should therefore in all cases replace that of "semi-permeable membrane."The Mechanism of Life|Stphane Leduc
British Dictionary definitions for semi-permeable
/ (ˌsɛmɪˈpɜːmɪəbəl) /
(esp of a cell membrane) selectively permeable
Derived forms of semipermeablesemipermeability, noun
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Medical definitions for semi-permeable
[ sĕm′ē-pûr′mē-ə-bəl, sĕm′ī- ]
Allowing passage of certain, especially small, molecules or ions but acting as a barrier to others. Used of biological and synthetic membranes.
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