labile

[ley-buhl, -bahyl]
adjective
1.
apt or likely to change.
2.
Chemistry. (of a compound) capable of changing state or becoming inactive when subjected to heat or radiation.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English labyl < Late Latin lābilis, equivalent to Latin lāb(ī) to slip + -ilis -ile

lability [luh-bil-i-tee, ley-] , noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To Lability
Collins
World English Dictionary
labile (ˈleɪbɪl)
 
adj
1.  chem (of a compound) prone to chemical change
2.  liable to change or move
 
[C15: via Late Latin lābilis, from Latin lābī to slide, slip]
 
lability
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

labile la·bile (lā'bīl', -bəl)
adj.
Constantly undergoing or likely to undergo change; unstable.


la·bil'i·ty (-bĭl'ĭ-tē) n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The study also corroborates a growing literature on the lability of the human brain.
Lots of the usual reasons for mental status changes, even emotional lability.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature