labile


la·bile

adjective \ˈlā-ˌbī(-ə)l, -bəl\

Definition of LABILE

1
:  readily or continually undergoing chemical, physical, or biological change or breakdown :  unstable <a labile mineral>
2
:  readily open to change
la·bil·i·ty \lā-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

Origin of LABILE

French, from Middle French, prone to err, from Late Latin labilis, from Latin labi to slip — more at sleep
First Known Use: 1603

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

la·bile

adjective \ˈlā-ˌbīl, -bəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LABILE

: readily or frequently changing: as a : readily or continually undergoing chemical, physical, or biological change or breakdown <a labile antigen> b : characterized by wide fluctuations (as in blood pressure or glucose tolerance) <labile hypertension> <labile diabetes> c : emotionally unstable
la·bil·i·ty \lā-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun, plural la·bil·i·ties

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