labile

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin lābilis ("apt to slip, transient"), from lābor, lābī (slip; glide, flow).

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labile (comparative more labile, superlative most labile)

  1. Liable to slip, err, fall, or apostatize.
  2. Apt or likely to change.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      Pythagoras [said] that each thing or matter was ever gliding and labile.
  3. (chemistry, of a compound or bond) Kinetically unstable; rapidly cleaved (and possibly reformed).
    Certain drugs can be conjugated to polymer molecules with a linkage that is labile at low pH to effect controlled release in a cellular endosome.
    Water ligands typically bind metals in a labile fashion and are rapidly interchanged in aqueous solution.

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Danish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

labile

  1. singular definite of labil
  2. plural indefinite of labil
  3. plural definite of labil

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin lābilis (apt to slip, transient), from lābor, lābī (slip; glide, flow).

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labile (masculine and feminine, plural labiles)

  1. labile

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin lābilis (apt to slip, transient), from lābor, lābī (slip; glide, flow).

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labile m, f (masculine and feminine plural labili)

  1. fleeting, ephemeral

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Latin[edit]

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lābile

  1. nominative neuter singular of lābilis
  2. accusative neuter singular of lābilis
  3. vocative neuter singular of lābilis