[ thur-moh-ley-bil, -bahyl ]
/ ˌθɜr moʊˈleɪ bɪl, -baɪl /

adjective Biochemistry.

subject to destruction or loss of characteristic properties by the action of moderate heat, as certain toxins and enzymes (opposed to thermostable).

Origin of thermolabile

First recorded in 1900–05; thermo- + labile

OTHER WORDS FROM thermolabile

ther·mo·la·bil·i·ty [thur-moh-luh-bil-i-tee] /ˌθɜr moʊ ləˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for thermolabile

/ (ˌθɜːməʊˈleɪbɪl) /


(of certain biochemical and chemical compounds) easily decomposed or subject to a loss of characteristic properties by the action of heata thermolabile enzyme Compare thermostable (def. 1)

Word Origin for thermolabile

C20: from thermo- + labile
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Medical definitions for thermolabile

[ thûr′mō-lābĭl, -bīl′ ]


Subject to destruction, decomposition, or great change by moderate heating. Used especially of biochemical substances.

Other words from thermolabile

ther′mo•la•bili•ty (-bĭlĭ-tē) n.
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