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

Examples of cleavable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The other kind, known as cleavable linkers, are chemicals that break in response to very specific cues, such as enzymes that are abundant in tumors, in the spaces between individual cancer cells. Jyoti Madhusoodanan, Scientific American, 4 July 2013 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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“Cleavable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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