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1. Admitting the passage of gas or liquid through pores or interstices.
2. Easily crossed or penetrated: a porous border.

[Middle English, from Old French poreux, poros, from Medieval Latin porōsus, from Latin porus, passage; see pore2.]

po′rous·ly adv.
po′rous·ness n.
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Noun1.porousness - the property of being porous; being able to absorb fluids
consistency, eubstance, consistence, body - the property of holding together and retaining its shape; "wool has more body than rayon"; "when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake"
sponginess - the porosity of a sponge
permeability, permeableness - the property of something that can be pervaded by a liquid (as by osmosis or diffusion)
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[ˈpɔːrəsnɪs] Nporosidad f
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