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 (sĕm′ē-pûr′mē-ə-bəl, sĕm′ī-)
1. Partially permeable.
2. Allowing passage of certain, especially small, molecules or ions but acting as a barrier to others. Used of biological and synthetic membranes.

sem′i·per′me·a·bil′i·ty n.


(Biology) (esp of a cell membrane) selectively permeable
ˌsemiˌpermeaˈbility n


(ˌsɛm iˈpɜr mi ə bəl, ˌsɛm aɪ-)

permeable only to certain small molecules: a semipermeable membrane.
sem`i•per`me•a•bil′i•ty, n.
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Adj.1.semipermeable - (of a membrane) selectively permeable
permeable - allowing fluids or gases to pass or diffuse through; "permeable membranes"; "rock that is permeable by water"
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