friable

[ frahy-uh-buhl ]
/ ˈfraɪ ə bəl /

adjective

easily crumbled or reduced to powder; crumbly: friable rock.

RELATED WORDS

Origin of friable

1555–65; < Latin friābilis, equivalent to friā(re) to rub, crumble + -ābilis -able

Related forms

fri·a·bil·i·ty, fri·a·ble·ness, nounun·fri·a·ble, adjectiveun·fri·a·ble·ness, noun

Can be confused

friable fryable
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British Dictionary definitions for friable

friable

/ (ˈfraɪəbəl) /

adjective

easily broken up; crumbly

Derived Forms

friability or friableness, noun

Word Origin for friable

C16: from Latin friābilis, from friāre to crumble; related to Latin fricāre to rub down
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Medicine definitions for friable

friable

[ frīə-bəl ]

adj.

Readily crumbled; brittle.
Relating to a dry, brittle growth of bacteria.
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