apt or likely to change: the labile nature of language.
(in chemistry, biology, psychiatry, etc.) able or likely to change or break down easily, rapidly, or continually; unstable: labile emotions;labile blood pressure;cellular functions that seem to require different levels of labile zinc.
- la·bil·i·ty [luh-bil-i-tee, ley-], /ləˈbɪl ɪ ti, leɪ-/, noun
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How to use labile in a sentence
“People with a history of trauma and mental illness tend to be emotionally labile,” Kupers added.
On the contrary the labile opsonins of normal serum have a comparatively general action on different organisms.
This is readily intelligible on the supposition that the toxophorous group is more labile than the haptophorous.
The latter is ferment-like and much more labile than the former, being readily destroyed at 60 C.
In both cases an extremely labile connection with consciousness arises which leads to a rapid forgetting.Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology | C. G. Jung
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
British Dictionary definitions for labile
chem (of a compound) prone to chemical change
liable to change or move
- lability (ləˈbɪlɪtɪ), noun
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