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labile

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adjective la·bile \ˈlā-ˌbī(-ə)l, -bəl\

Definition of labile

  1. 1 :  readily or continually undergoing chemical, physical, or biological change or breakdown :  unstable <a labile mineral>

  2. 2 :  readily open to change

la·bil·i·ty play \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


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labile

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adjective la·bile \ˈlā-ˌbīl, -bəl\

Medical Definition of labile

  1. :  readily or frequently changing: asa:  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

  2. la·bil·i·ty \lā-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun, plural la·bil·i·ties




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