permeable

adjective per·me·able \ ˈpər-mē-ə-bəl \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of permeable

: 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

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First Known Use of permeable

15th century

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PERMEABLE Defined for English Language Learners

permeable

Definition of permeable for English Language Learners

  • : allowing liquids or gases to pass through


PERMEABLE Defined for Kids

permeable

adjective per·me·able \ ˈpər-mē-ə-bəl \

Definition of permeable for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

permeable

adjective per·me·able \ ˈpər-mē-ə-bəl \

medical Definition of permeable

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


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