[ uhl-truh-fil-ter ]
/ ˌʌl trəˈfɪl tər /


Physical Chemistry. a filter for purifying sols, having a membrane with pores sufficiently small to prevent the passage of the suspended particles.
Mathematics. a filter in a topological space, having the property that no other filter exists in the space having among its subsets all the subsets in the given filter.

verb (used with object)

Physical Chemistry. to purify by means of an ultrafilter.

Nearby words

  1. ultracrepidarian,
  2. ultracritical,
  3. ultradian,
  4. ultrafast,
  5. ultrafiche,
  6. ultrafiltrate,
  7. ultrafiltration,
  8. ultrahigh,
  9. ultrahigh frequency,
  10. ultraism

Origin of ultrafilter

Related formsul·tra·fil·tra·tion [uhl-truh-fil-trey-shuh n] /ˌʌl trə fɪlˈtreɪ ʃən/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for ultrafiltration


/ (ˌʌltrəˈfɪltə) /


a filter with small pores used to separate very small particles from a suspension or colloidal solution
Derived Formsultrafiltration (ˌʌltrəfɪlˈtreɪʃən), noun

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Medicine definitions for ultrafiltration


[ ŭl′trə-fĭl-trāshən ]


The filtration of a colloidal substance through a semipermeable medium that allows only small molecules through.

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