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capable of passing through the pores of a filter; usually referring to living infectious agents such as viruses that can pass through a filter that retains the usual pathogenic bacteria. This attribute was key in the initial discovery of viruses.
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fil·tra·ble, filterable (fil'tră-bĕl, fil'ter-ă-bl),
Capable of passing a filter; frequently applied to smaller viruses and some bacteria.
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Variant of filterable.
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adjective Referring to particles (e.g., viruses) small enough to pass the filter of a particular pore diameter.
adjective Referring to a material (e.g., particulate air pollution) that can be separated by filtration.
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fil·tra·ble, filterable (fil'tră-bĕl, fil'tĕr-ă-bĕl)
Capable of passing through a filter; frequently applied to smaller viruses and some bacteria.
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