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 (rĕs′pər-ə-bəl, rĭ-spīr′-)
1. Fit for breathing: respirable air.
2. Having characteristics, especially small size, that result in deposition in the lungs after inhalation: respirable particles.
3. Capable of being metabolized by respiration: a respirable substrate.

res′pi·ra·bil′i·ty n.
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