[ley-buh l, -bahyl]
- apt or likely to change.
- Chemistry. (of a compound) capable of changing state or becoming inactive when subjected to heat or radiation.
Origin of labile
1400–50; late Middle English labyl < Late Latin lābilis, equivalent to Latin lāb(ī) to slip + -ilis -ile
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Historical Examples of labile
We are rather like the labile chemical compounds: our molecules readily rearrange themselves.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)
On the contrary the labile opsonins of normal serum have a comparatively general action on different organisms.
- chem (of a compound) prone to chemical change
- liable to change or move
Word Origin for labile
C15: via Late Latin lābilis, from Latin lābī to slide, slip
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- Receptive to change; adaptable.
- Constantly undergoing or likely to undergo change, as a chemical compound; unstable.
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