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 lābilis apt to slip from lābī 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.