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thermolabile

[thur-moh-ley-bil, -bahyl] /ˌθɜr moʊˈleɪ bɪl, -baɪl/
adjective, Biochemistry
1.
subject to destruction or loss of characteristic properties by the action of moderate heat, as certain toxins and enzymes (opposed to thermostable).
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; thermo- + labile
Related forms
thermolability
[thur-moh-luh-bil-i-tee] /ˌθɜr moʊ ləˈbɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for thermolabile

thermolabile

/ˌθɜːməʊˈleɪbɪl/
adjective
1.
(of certain biochemical and chemical compounds) easily decomposed or subject to a loss of characteristic properties by the action of heat: a thermolabile enzyme Compare thermostable (sense 1)
Word Origin
C20: from thermo- + labile
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thermolabile in Medicine

thermolabile ther·mo·la·bile (thûr'mō-lā'bĭl, -bīl')
adj.
Subject to destruction, decomposition, or great change by moderate heating. Used especially of biochemical substances.


ther'mo·la·bil'i·ty (-bĭl'ĭ-tē) n.
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