An example of labile used as an adjective is the phrase "labile syllabus" which means a syllabus that will have changes as the semester progresses.
Origin of labileClassical Latin labilis ; from labi, to slip, fall: see lap
- Open to change; readily changeable or unstable: labile chemical compounds; tissues with labile cell populations.
- Fluctuating widely: labile hypertension; labile emotions.
- Decomposing readily: the labile component of organic matter.
Origin of labileMiddle English labil, forgetful, wandering, from Old French labile, from Late Latin labilis, apt to slip, from lab&imacron;, to slip.
(comparative more labile, superlative most labile)
- Liable to slip, err, fall, or apostatize.
- Apt or likely to change.
- (chemistry, of a compound or bond) Kinetically unstable; rapidly cleaved (possibly reformed).
- Certain drugs can be conjugated to polymer molecules with a linkage that is labile at low pH to effect controlled release in a cellular endosome.
- Water ligands typically bind metals in a labile fashion and are rapidly interchanged in aqueous solution.