friable

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adjective fri·a·ble \ˈfrī-ə-bəl\

Definition of friable

  1. :  easily crumbled or pulverized <friable soil>

friability

play \ˌfrī-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of friable in a sentence

  1. <sand dollars are friable, so handle them carefully>

Did You Know?

Friable entered into English in the mid-1500s, and was borrowed either from Middle French or directly from Latin friabilis. This Latin adjective comes from the verb "friare," which means "to crumble." "Fiare" in turn is related to the verb "fricare" ("to rub"), the source of the English noun "friction." "Friable" is used to describe something that can be easily reduced to a powdered form. In contemporary usage, it is often found in the discussion of asbestos. Health concerns about asbestos primarily center around friable asbestos - that is, asbestos that is easily pulverized into tiny fibers which may remain suspended in the air and become a potential health risk to those who inhale them.

Origin and Etymology of friable

Medieval French or Latin; Medieval French, from Latin friabilis, from friare to crumble — more at friction


First Known Use: 1563

Synonym Discussion of friable

fragile, frangible, brittle, crisp, friable mean breaking easily. fragile implies extreme delicacy of material or construction and need for careful handling <a fragile antique chair>. frangible implies susceptibility to being broken without implying weakness or delicacy <frangible stone used for paving>. brittle implies hardness together with lack of elasticity or flexibility or toughness <brittle bones>. crisp implies a firmness and brittleness desirable especially in some foods <crisp lettuce>. friable applies to substances that are easily crumbled or pulverized <friable soil>.

FRIABLE Defined for English Language Learners

friable

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adjective fri·a·ble \ˈfrī-ə-bəl\

Definition of friable for English Language Learners

  • : easily broken into smaller pieces


Medical Dictionary

friable

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adjective fri·a·ble \ˈfrī-ə-bəl\

Medical Definition of friable

  1. :  easily crumbled or pulverized <friable carcinomatous tissue>; also :  marked by erosion and bleeding <a friable cervix with bleeding on contact—Pippa Oakeshott et al>

friability

\ˌfrī-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun plural

friabilities



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