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[fil-ter-uh-buh l] /ˈfɪl tər ə bəl/
capable of being filtered.
Microbiology. capable of passing through bacteria-retaining filters.
Also, filtrable.
Origin of filterable
1905-10; filter + -able
Related forms
filterability, filterableness, noun
nonfilterable, adjective
unfilterable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for filterable
  • Particulate matter of all sizes is regulated as total filterable particulate matter.
  • Particulate emissions may be categorized as either filterable or condensable.
  • Both methods include the same requirements and allowances for measuring filterable and condensable particulate.
  • The filterable particulate is that material collected on or before the sample filter.
  • The small amounts of water found are not drinkable or filterable due to the high sediment content.
British Dictionary definitions for filterable


capable of being filtered
(of most viruses and certain bacteria) capable of passing through the pores of a fine filter
Derived Forms
filterability, filterableness, noun
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filterable in Medicine

filterable fil·ter·a·ble (fĭl'tər-ə-bəl, fĭl'trə-) or fil·tra·ble (-trə-bəl)
Relating to smaller viruses and some bacteria capable of passing through a fine-pored filter.

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