Definition of "respirable" [re•spir•a•ble]

  • Fit for breathing: respirable air. (adjective)
  • Capable of undergoing respiration: respirable organisms. (adjective)

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Use "respirable" in a sentence
  • "It can scarcely be called respirable, as it would not support life for any length of time; but it may be breathed for a few moments without any other effects, than the singular exhilaration of spirits I have just mentioned."
  • ""This will be the first major advancement in monitoring miners' exposure to respirable coal dust," said Ed Thimons , branch chief for dust control, ventilation and toxic substances at NIOSH."
  • ""Any time you have respirable particles, it's bad.""