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labile

[ley-buh l, -bahyl]
adjective
  1. apt or likely to change.
  2. 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
Related formsla·bil·i·ty [luh-bil-i-tee, ley-] /ləˈbɪl ɪ ti, leɪ-/, noun
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Historical Examples of lability

  • And this, in turn, may be regarded as but a manifestation of the process of survival by lability rather than by stability.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

    Robert E. Park


British Dictionary definitions for lability

labile

adjective
  1. chem (of a compound) prone to chemical change
  2. liable to change or move
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Derived Formslability (ləˈbɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for labile

C15: via Late Latin lābilis, from Latin lābī to slide, slip
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lability in Medicine

labile

(lābīl′, -bəl)
adj.
  1. Receptive to change; adaptable.
  2. Constantly undergoing or likely to undergo change, as a chemical compound; unstable.
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Related formsla•bili•ty (-bĭlĭ-tē) n.
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