fil·​ter·​able | \ ˈfil-t(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce filterable (audio) \
variants: or less commonly filtrable

Definition of filterable

: capable of being filtered or of passing through a filter

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Other Words from filterable

filterability \ ˌfil-​t(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce filterable (audio) \ noun

Examples of filterable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1901, American researchers studying yellow fever in Cuba concluded that the disease carried by mosquitoes was caused by something small enough to be filterable, too. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Mar. 2020 In 1898, the same year as Beijerinck’s work was published, foot-and-mouth disease in cattle became the first animal illness linked to a filterable agent, or a microbe small enough to pass through a porcelain filter. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Mar. 2020

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1800, in the meaning defined above

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“Filterable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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variants: also filtrable \ ˈfil-​t(ə-​)rə-​bəl How to pronounce filterable (audio) \

Medical Definition of filterable

: capable of being filtered or of passing through a filter

Other Words from filterable

filterability \ ˌfil-​t(ə-​)rə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce filterable (audio) \ noun, plural filterabilities


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