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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.


1. able to be breathed
2. suitable or fit for breathing
ˌrespiraˈbility n
References in classic literature ?
Soon the atmosphere was rarefied, probably withdrawn by terrestrial attraction; then aerial departure of respirable air, and disappearance of water by means of evaporation.
And what was left of the respirable air must be kept for the workers.
The Department of Labour Inspection announced that the hourly concentration of respirable particles in ambient air with diameter less than 10 microgrammes (PM10), on Wednesday were between 102 mg/m3and of 57 mg/m3(micrograms per cubic meter).
The Department of Labour Inspection of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, announces that today, 10th of February 2018 at 08:00 the hourly concentration of respirable particles in ambient air with diameter less than 10 micrometers (PM10), were between the maximum value of 100 ?
This article is the second in a series focused on using real-time monitoring to determine the root cause of respirable silica exposure.
1153 Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction and OSHA 29 CFR 1910 General Industry regulations, scheduled for September 2017-June 2018 adoption.
On Monday, authorities told the Advisory Council on the Environment the move would help cut harmful sulphur dioxide emissions from the marine sector by about 6,340 tones and respirable particulates - called PM10 - by about 710 tones by 2020.
Coal workers' pneumoconiosis, also known as "black lung disease," is an occupational lung disease caused by overexposure to respirable coal mine dust.
DELHI'S air quality on Thursday plunged to ' severe' with respirable pollutants up by nine times above the safe limit at certain places even as authorities warned of a critically polluted period ahead.
In underground mining, onboard flooded bed scrubbers are used on continuous mining machines for respirable dust collection.
Because personal dust sampling is also a regulatory requirement, MSHA permitted a brief compliance respite for respirable dust sampling to affected operators.
Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced it is temporarily delaying its respirable coal mine dust sampling because of a newly discovered interference issue between the sampling devices and proximity protection systems.