[fil-ter-uh-buh l] /ˈfɪl tər ə bəl/

capable of being .
Microbiology. capable of passing through bacteria-retaining .
capable of being filtered
(of most viruses and certain bacteria) capable of passing through the pores of a fine filter

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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