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metastable

metastable

adjective meta·sta·ble \-ˈstā-bəl\

Definition of METASTABLE

:  having or characterized by only a slight margin of stability <a metastable compound>
meta·sta·bil·i·ty \-stə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
meta·sta·bly \-ˈstā-b(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of METASTABLE

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1897

metastable

adjective meta·sta·ble \ˌmet-ə-ˈstā-bəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of METASTABLE

:  having or characterized by only a slight margin of stability <a metastable compound>
meta·sta·bil·i·ty \-stə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun, plural meta·sta·bil·i·ties

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