[ ley-buhl, -bahyl ]
/ ˈleɪ bəl, -baɪl /
apt or likely to change.
Chemistry. (of a compound) capable of changing state or becoming inactive when subjected to heat or radiation.
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Origin of labile
1400–50; late Middle English labyl<Late Latin lābilis, equivalent to Latin lāb(ī) to slip + -ilis-ile
OTHER WORDS FROM labilela·bil·i·ty [luh-bil-i-tee, ley-], /ləˈbɪl ɪ ti, leɪ-/, noun
Words nearby labile
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Example sentences from the Web for labile
We are rather like the labile chemical compounds: our molecules readily rearrange themselves.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
On the contrary the labile opsonins of normal serum have a comparatively general action on different organisms.
British Dictionary definitions for labile
/ (ˈleɪbɪl) /
chem (of a compound) prone to chemical change
liable to change or move
Derived forms of labilelability (ləˈbɪlɪtɪ), noun
Word Origin for labile
C15: via Late Latin lābilis, from Latin lābī to slide, slip
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Medical definitions for labile
[ lā′bīl′, -bəl ]
Receptive to change; adaptable.
Constantly undergoing or likely to undergo change, as a chemical compound; unstable.
Other words from labilela•bil′i•ty (-bĭl′ĭ-tē) n.
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