permeable

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adjective per·me·able \ˈpər-mē-ə-bəl\

Definition of permeable

  1. :  capable of being permeated :  penetrable; especially :  having pores or openings that permit liquids or gases to pass through a permeable membrane permeable limestone

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Examples of permeable in a sentence

  1. The cell has a permeable membrane.

  2. a permeable fabric that allows your body heat to escape will be much more comfortable in the summertime

15th Century

First Known Use of permeable

15th century


PERMEABLE Defined for English Language Learners

permeable

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adjective per·me·able \ˈpər-mē-ə-bəl\

Definition of permeable for English Language Learners

  • : allowing liquids or gases to pass through


PERMEABLE Defined for Kids

permeable

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adjective per·me·able \ˈpər-mē-ə-bəl\

Definition of permeable for Students

  1. :  having pores or openings that let liquids or gases pass through


Medical Dictionary

permeable

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adjective per·me·able \ˈpər-mē-ə-bəl\

Medical Definition of permeable

  1. :  capable of being permeated; especially :  having pores or openings that permit liquids or gases to pass through a permeable membrane



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