In "Operator algebras with a faithful weaklyclosed representation" (1955), Kadison describes a countable W*algebra as a C*algebra which has a faithful representation as a countably decomposable ring of operators. Unfortunately I was not able to find any other occurence of this structure in an other article or book. Have you already seen this notion of "countable W*algebra" somewhere else?
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If I'm reading it correctly, "countably decomposable" means that there is no uncountable family of mutually orthogonal nonzero projections. Such von Neumann algebras are now called "$\sigma$finite". 

