cleavable

adjective

cleav·​able ˈklē-və-bəl How to pronounce cleavable (audio)
: capable of being split

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That small molecule includes an enzyme-cleavable bond, which means it can be split by enzymes that are present during inflammation. Megan Thielking, STAT, 3 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cleavable was circa 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Cleavable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cleavable. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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