re·​spi·​ra·​ble | \ˈre-sp(ə-)rə-bəl, ri-ˈspī-rə- \

Definition of respirable 

: fit for breathing also : capable of being taken in by breathing respirable particles of ash

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Although last year with the rule in effect, government reports indicated that respirable dust levels fell to historic lows. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Coal CEO’s defamation lawsuit against John Oliver is dismissed," 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of respirable

1779, in the meaning defined above

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re·​spi·​ra·​ble | \ˈres-p(ə-)rə-bəl, ri-ˈspī-rə- \

Medical Definition of respirable 

1 : fit for breathing respirable air

2 : capable of being taken in by breathing respirable particles of ash

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