Labile meaning

lābīl, -bəl
Fluctuating widely.

Labile hypertension; labile emotions.

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Fluctuating widely.

Labile hypertension; labile emotions.

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Liable to change; unstable.

Labile chemical compounds.

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Open to change; readily changeable or unstable.

Labile chemical compounds; tissues with labile cell populations.

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Open to change; readily changeable or unstable.

Labile chemical compounds; tissues with labile cell populations.

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Decomposing readily.

The labile component of organic matter.

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Liable to slip, err, fall, or apostatize.
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Apt or likely to change.
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(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.

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The definition of labile is unstable or likely to change.

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.

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Decomposing readily.

The labile component of organic matter.

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Origin of labile

  • Middle English labil forgetful, wandering from Old French labile from Late Latin lābilis apt to slip from lābī to slip

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Latin lābilis ("apt to slip, transient"), from lābor, lābī (“slip; glide, flow”).

    From Wiktionary