from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. That can be filtered or separated by filtering: filterable solutions of granular matter.
  • adj. That can pass through a given pore size.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Able to be separated by filtration
  • adj. That can pass through a specified filter


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The class of organisms known as the filterable viruses or the ultra-microscopic or the invisible organisms have a special interest in many ways.

    Disease and Its Causes

  • It will pass through the Berkfelt filter, which is the most minute filter known to science, and is therefore known as a filterable virus.

    The Veterinarian

  • Further investigations revealed the fact that blood from affected horses, even when passed through porcelain filters, may transmit the disease, thereby proving that the causative agent belongs to the so-called filterable viruses.

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  • Without antiviral drugs or a real understanding of the infectious agent (scientists argued for years over whether bacillus influenzae was the etiological agent of the 1918 flu pandemic, until a "filterable virus" was eventually determined to be the cause), patients were basically on their own against the disease, and the only useful response was a public health one.

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  • In this single feed, there are links to blog posts more detailed than Bloomberg, opinions from expert traders, the equivalent of streaming news updates, all sortable, filterable, free and in real-time.

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  • These embedded maps are filterable, customizable and can be saved and shared.

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  • Today you have everything from very agnostic corporate web sites which are easily mashable, modifiable, and filterable.

    Sustain That Brand

  • A few days ago, Technorati announced Blog Finder, which is something like a self-managed directory with results filterable by rank, alphabet, or content freshness.

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  • In the 1860s, Pasteur demonstrated the existence of pathogenic organisms—bacteria and “filterable agents” viruses which could cause disease.

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  • Sedimentation tanks and intake filters are adequate pretreatment steps to reduce high solids concentration of readily settleable and filterable matter.

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