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labile

[ley-buh l, -bahyl] /ˈleɪ bəl, -baɪl/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English labyl < Late Latin lābilis, equivalent to Latin lāb(ī) to slip + -ilis -ile
Related forms
lability
[luh-bil-i-tee, ley-] /ləˈbɪl ɪ ti, leɪ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Examples from the web for labile
  • But then you see them as they're older, and they're off in college and not having these labile mood swings anymore.
  • Brilliant originals come in two kinds: emotionally stable and emotionally extremely labile.
  • People with labile boundaries need external controls, and legal consequences can offer one kind of useful control.
  • Emotionally labile patients should avoid stimulants, as they exacerbate mood shifting.
British Dictionary definitions for labile

labile

/ˈleɪbɪl/
adjective
1.
(chem) (of a compound) prone to chemical change
2.
liable to change or move
Derived Forms
lability (ləˈbɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C15: via Late Latin lābilis, from Latin lābī to slide, slip
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labile in Medicine

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


la·bil'i·ty (-bĭl'ĭ-tē) n.
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