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

  • adj. Possible to isolate: isolable viruses.

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  • adj. Able to be isolated

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being isolated, or of being obtained in a pure state.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That can be isolated; specifically, in chem., capable of being obtained pure, or uncombined with any other substance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of being isolated or disjoined


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  • Today's looming climate, ecology, energy, and nuclear threats are not isolable into narrow specialty areas, and are not manageable by economic and fiscal measures alone.

    Ervin Laszlo: The G-20: Fighting for a Safe Spot on the Deck of the Titanic

  • That leaves us with the idea that modules might be isolable function-specific processing systems, all or almost all of which are domain specific (in the content [viz. roughly Fodorian] sense), whose operations aren't subject to the will, which are associated with specific neural structures (albeit sometimes spatially dispersed ones), and whose internal operations may be inaccessible to the remainder of cognition.

    Modularity of Mind

  • Shortly thereafter I prepared the first isolable terminal methylene complex, the structure of which was solved by Lloyd Guggenberger.

    Richard R. Schrock - Autobiography

  • Neither it nor mahanyelo conveys the sense of one person's experiences as a discrete package, an abstract isolable entity with a beginning, middle, and end.

    Where Women Make History: Gendered Tellings of Community and Change in Magude, Mozambique

  • Social Security is not an isolable issue, discussions of whether Bush deficits are affordable as a share of GDP or whether the yield curve inversion is a product of Dark Matter which ignore the very real possibility that Social Security will continue to be a net buyer of bonds in 2017 - or not - seem odd to me.

    Comments on Social Security Projections versus Reality by Bruce Webb

  • The Leslie Southwick issue per se has the advantage of being isolable from the larger issue.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Fred Thompson on the Leslie Southwick Nomination,

  • But then Wittgenstein's examples also work in concert: they together argue against a form of aesthetic reductionism that would pretend that our reactions to aesthetic objects are isolable, that they can be isolated as variables within a controlled experiment, that they can be hermetically sealed as the experienced effects of isolatable causes.

    Wittgenstein's Aesthetics

  • For in them too there is something indivisible (though, it may be, not isolable) which gives unity to the time and the whole of length; and this is found equally in every continuum whether temporal or spatial.

    On the Soul

  • It is therefore better to suppose that in all instances of coming-to-be the matter is inseparable, being numerically identical and one with the ‘containing’ body, though isolable from it by definition.

    On the Generation and Corruption

  • In 1990 physicists W. Krätschmer and D.R. Huffman for the first time produced isolable quantities of C60 by causing an arc between two graphite rods to burn in a helium atmosphere and extracting the carbon condensate so formed using an organic solvent.

    Press Release: The 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry


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