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