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semipermeable

[ sem-ee-pur-mee-uh-buhl, sem-ahy- ]
/ ˌsɛm iˈpɜr mi ə bəl, ˌsɛm aɪ- /
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adjective
permeable only to certain small molecules: a semipermeable membrane.
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Origin of semipermeable

First recorded in 1895–1900; semi- + permeable

OTHER WORDS FROM semipermeable

sem·i·per·me·a·bil·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for semipermeable

semipermeable
/ (ˌsɛmɪˈpɜːmɪəbəl) /

adjective
(esp of a cell membrane) selectively permeable

Derived forms of semipermeable

semipermeability, noun
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